WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) and U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Illinois) announced Scott Air Force Base as one of six finalists in the relocation of the National Geospacial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Metro East facility.
“Scott is the ideal location for NGA,” Enyart said. “Scott’s cyber-security work combined with the NGA’s natural fit with our military make the base a prime spot for relocation. We will be working closely with NGA in the future to make sure that Scott is well-represented during the selection process.”
“Scott is hands-down the best location for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Scott’s central location and its role as the largest employer south of I-80, the presence of critical military missions and its unique ability to provide force protection for a critical national security asset are among the many reasons why I am committed to making sure Scott is considered as the strongest candidate,” Kirk said. “The Illinois delegation and I are determined to advance Scott’s candidacy to host this crucial mission, and I look forward to working with the NGA, local leaders, the Air Force and Army Corps to ensure Illinois remains competitive throughout this discussion.”
The NGA’s current facility is located in St. Louis and has 3,000 employees, 800 of which are residents of the 12th Congressional District in Illinois. Scott Air Force Base is the only finalist in Illinois; the remaining five finalist locations in Missouri include Weldon Spring and four locations in the St. Louis metro area.
The agency provides advanced intelligence information to the military, policymakers, first responders and more. Information consists of imagery, maps, charts and other data utilized in covert operations, military exercises, counterterrorism, and global political crises.