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NSA PRESS RELEASE
6 January 2012
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NSA/CSS Unveils New Hawaii Center
Designed to Boost Intelligence Integration, Collaboration
Wahiawa, Oahu, HAWAII, Jan. 6 The National Security Agency/Central
Security Service marked today the completion of a new regional operations
center, officially named the CAPT Joseph J. Rochefort Building, at a
ribbon-cutting ceremony where officials emphasized how the $358 million project
will help to further integrate national security efforts.
NSA/CSS has had an operations center in Hawaii for more than 14 years. But
even with recent renovations, the original facility, first built during World
War II, has limitations stemming from its age, location, and structures.
The new building will provide cryptology professionals with the tools necessary
to better access and collaboratively interpret data from a broad variety
of sources at various classification levels. Moreover, its enhanced capabilities
will augment work that will still be carried out in the original center
eliminating physical, virtual, and other barriers to information sharing.
GEN Keith B. Alexander Director, NSA/Chief, CSS/Commander, U.S. Cyber
Command told approximately 300 federal, state, and local officials
at the ceremony that it was more than fitting to dedicate the new building
in honor of CAPT Rochefort, who died in 1976. Several members of his family
were also on hand. Rochefort was posthumously recognized with the Presidential
Medal of Freedom in 1986 and in the NSA/CSS Hall of Honor in 2000 for leading
a distinguished team of Pearl Harbor-based code breakers. Their daily
intelligence reports were crucial in the 1942 Battle of Midway.
"CAPT Rochefort's exceptional skills in cryptology and in mathematical analysis
made him a unique national asset at an extremely trying time in U.S. history,"
GEN Alexander said in an interview after the ceremony. "Likewise, the mission
of NSA/CSS Hawaii is to produce foreign signals intelligence for decision-makers
as global terrorism now jeopardizes the lives of our citizens, military forces,
and international allies. We must continue to develop a global cryptologic
enterprise that is agile and resilient in countering ever-changing threats
to national security."
CAPT Kathryn Helms Commander, NSA/CSS Hawaii agreed. "The design,
infrastructure, and capabilities of this new center will allow us to continue
to provide unparalleled cryptologic support," she said after the event. State
officials described the project as one that was good for both the nation
The original center is adjacent to Schofield U.S. Army Barracks. The new
center is a part of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Annex. A groundbreaking
ceremony was held in 2007.
NSA/CSS is also upgrading its cryptologic centers in Texas and Georgia to
make the agency's global enterprise even more seamless as it confronts
increasingly networked adversaries. More information about the National Security
Agency is available online at www.nsa.gov.
Kunia Regional Security Operations Center:
NSA/CSS Hawaii Breaks Ground for New Operations Security Center
WAHIAWA, Hawaii (Aug. 30, 2007) From left, Mike Stramella; Cynthia
Dearfield; Rear Adm. T.G. Alexander, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and
Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific; Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye; Lt. Gen Keith
Alexander, director of National Security Agency and chief of Central Security
Service; Gerry Majkut; Capt. Jan Tighe, commander of National Security Agency
and Central Security Service; Theron Holloway; Capt. Clifford Maurer; Cary
Sparks and Henry Lee break ground during a ceremony for the new Hawaii Regional
Security Operations Center complex at the U.S. Naval Computer and
Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific. The $318 million,
250,000-square-foot complex is the largest construction contract in Naval
Engineering Facility Command history and is scheduled for completion in late
2010. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael
A. Lantron (RELEASED)