WAHIAWA, Hawaii (NNS) -- The National Security Agency/Central Security Service, Hawaii (NSA/CSS) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hawaii Regional Operations Security Center at Naval and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific (NCTAMS PAC) headquarters in Wahiawa, Aug. 30.
The new facility will be used to gather and analyze intelligence from U.S. interest areas, such as the Middle East and Southeast Asia, allowing high-ranking officials to make better tactical decisions.
"This state-of-the-art facility will enable us to strengthen our intelligence support to the nation's policy makers and combatant commanders," said Capt. Jan Tighe, commander of NSA/CSS, Hawaii.
The new complex will cost $318 million dollars, is approximately 250,000 square feet, and will be constructed on 70 acres at NCTAMS PAC headquarters. The complex will replace the Kunia Regional Security Operations Center, now known as the National Security Agency Hawaii, which was built in 1945 and then remodeled in 1979.
The groundbreaking began with a traditional Hawaiian blessing to the construction site by Kahu Kordell Kekoa.
After the blessing, Rear Adm. Townsend G. Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii/Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific accompanied U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye; Director, NSA/Chief, CSS, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander; Capt. Jan Tighe; Capt. Clifford Maurer; and ceremony participants Mike Stramella, Cynthia Dearfield; Gerry Majkut; Theron Holloway; Cary Sparks and Henry Lee, to break ground for the new facility with Hawaiian digging sticks.
"Without the intelligence gathered by facilities like this, our policy makers are literally hand tied," said Inouye. "This facility is an important element in the progress of our nation."
A major portion of the construction will include building a new operations and data management facility (OPS), which will consist of a new command center, operations briefing center, data analysis section, mission planning areas, administrative offices and video-teleconferencing rooms.
"What will rise from this site is NSA's commitment to continue to provide the national and tactical decision makers with the best cryptological support possible," said Alexander. "This is a commitment from Congress to provide the resources to further America's intelligence advantage."
In addition to the OPS facility, several support buildings comprised of a new base entry control facility, a new warehouse facility, and visitors control center will be constructed.
"Because of the mind-boggling changes in communication technology over the last two decades, coupled with the disturbing social and political dynamics, we need more, newer and better ways to process intelligence," added Alexander. "This building and its design, infrastructure, capabilities and location will support and protect an unparalleled intellectual combine."
The building is scheduled to be completed in late 2010 and the facility is the largest contractor contract in the history of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
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