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National Security Agency to build $896M computing center to fight cyber attacks

Construction is underway to build and open a new supercomputing center at the National Security Agency by 2016

The National Security Agency at Fort Meade.

Construction is underway to build and open a new supercomputing center at the National Security Agency by 2016, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The High Performance Computing Center-2 will assist in “front-line defense against immediate threats” in cyberspace, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, said during a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at Fort Meade.
The 600,000-square-foot facility, similar in function to an existing computer center, is scheduled to open in 2016. Officials said it would be used to help identify and combat cyber attacks.

According to InformationWeek, the project will cost $896.5 million.

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