The facility where accused classified document leaker Reality Winner worked is the nerve center for the growing intelligence and cyberwarfare operations based at Fort Gordon.
The 600,000-square-foot National Security Agency/Central Security Service cryptologic center is said to employ 4,000 people who intercept and decipher communications from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
The NSA, established in 1952, collects and analyzes foreign intelligence from communications and information systems. CSS, created in 1972, integrates the armed force’s military intelligence elements.
The combined agency has had a presence at Fort Gordon since the 1990s, but the massive facility near the intersection of Lane Avenue and 15th Street – also known as the John Whitelaw Building – didn’t open until 2012.
The NSA facility is being linked to another top-secret structure – Army Cyber Command headquarters. The $85 million, 179,000-square-f00t first phase of the project broke ground in November. The entire 324,000-square-foot headquarters is expected to be completed in early 2019.
Cyber Command, known numerically as the Second Army, provides assistance to troops in active war zones as well as maintains and defends the nation’s defense networks and joint-force operations.
Fort Gordon-based military intelligence units – such as the Army’s 116th and 513th Military Intelligence Brigades, the U.S. Air Force’s 480th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, and the Navy’s 10th Fleet Navy Information Operations Command – monitor and interpret signal communications as well as aerial and ground-based reconnaissance footage.
The post’s Cyber Center of Excellence oversees electronic warfare training for cyber and signal personnel as well as operates a non-commissioned officer academy.