New DISA Global facility ushers in future of cyber-security measures
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. —
After a decade of planning and three years of construction, Defense Information Systems Agency Global Operations Command is unveiling its $100 million facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 11.
The 164,000 sq. ft. DISA Global complex houses the United States’ premier cyber-protection division built to execute global mission support and emergency response coordination. The facility boasts a Gold Leeds Certification for energy efficiency while remaining earthquake-proof and capable of withstanding the force of an F-3 tornado.
The project, completed on-schedule and $13 million under-budget, consolidates more than 950 civilian, military and contracted employees to Scott Air Force Base, with plans to grow that number in the future.
“In a period of sequestration, we are actually growing as an organization. The cyber terrain has become the next battleground,” said Dana Rowe, DISA Global deputy commander.
With the increased emphasis on prioritizing cyber-security in the 21st century, the new facility was specifically designed to meet the needs of the modern warfighter. Along with containing the most advanced networking systems available to the Department of Defense, the complex hosts the largest cyber operations center in the United States. The 20,000 sq. ft. operations center is capable of monitoring the nation’s vast cyber infrastructure.