National Security Agency Headquarters

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Overview

The Headquarters of the National Security Agency is located on Route 32 just south  of the Baltimore/Washington Parkway, on Fort Meade. No formal means of visiting the NSA headquarters exists, but a look at the historic side of code breaking is provided at the neighboring National Cryptologic Museum located north of the headquarters on Route 32.1

Located on the grounds of Fort Meade, the headquarters for the nation’s premier covert intelligence gathering organization are housed in two high-rise office structures, built and dedicated by Ronald Reagan in 1986, and in other structures on the base, including an estimated 10 acres of which are underground. At least 20,000 employees work for the NSA at Fort Meade, making it the largest employer in the county, one of the largest employers in Maryland, and the largest employer of mathematicians in the country. While the extent of NSA’s technical facilities is guarded as a national security measure, the NSA’s headquarters is believed to house the second most powerful  supercomputer in the world. The NSA  operates other computer labs, offices, and satellite interception posts around the world.2

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