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Rauner, Durbin help cut ribbon on cyber operations facility at Scott AFB

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SCOTT AFB — Gov. Bruce Rauner and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin joined a host of federal, state and local officials today in cutting the ribbon to open the Defense Information Systems Agency Global Operations Command Facility this morning at Scott Air Force Base.

“Today is an example of what happens when all levels of governments come together,” Rauner said. “Together, we have built a centralized facility that will create jobs to grow the area economy while investing in our infrastructure to keep our country safe.”

This $100 million investment is a significant win for Illinois taxpayers. Just during construction alone an average of 85 workers per day from approximately 10 local subcontractors were employed.

The unveiling of this 164,000-square-foot DISA Global complex is the culmination of a decade of planning and three years of construction. The facility houses the largest cyber operations center in the United States and provides centralized housing for all of the 950-plus DISA Global joint military, civilian and contractor workforce.

Durbin said the DISA Global complex houses the United States’ premier cyber-protection division built to execute global mission support and emergency response coordination. The new facility was specifically designed to meet the needs of the modern warfighter in terms of cyber-security. The facility contains the most advanced networking systems available to the Department of Defense. The 20,000-square-foot operations center is capable of monitoring the nation’s vast cyber infrastructure.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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