REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - There was a groundbreaking ceremony for the Missile and Space Intelligence Center’s (MSIC) new Explosive Ordinance Exploitation (EOE) complex today.
Once completed, the $10 million EOE facility will support 250 highly skilled analysts who will be responsible for providing critical, time-sensitive intelligence information to deployed forces worldwide and key decision makers within the Department of Defense.
David Shedd, Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, says it's not just about a new facility, but new capabilities and technology.
"What it does is replace buildings that are about 50 years old with the latest technology," explains Shedd. "It enables analysts from the intelligence community, in particular the Missile and Space Intelligence Center, to be able to have the latest available computation and modeling to be able to understand how these systems operate and better protect our service men and women."
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the funding for the project. He was in Huntsville on Monday to see it come to fruition.
“By drawing upon the capabilities of MSIC and the organizations and associated technology base in the Huntsville area, our nation stands better prepared to defeat a wide variety of threats,” said Sen. Shelby. “I remain committed to MSIC and will continue working to ensure we provide the resources necessary to support their mission for many years to come.”
Construction of the 25,000-square foot facility will begin soon and a target opening date is scheduled for mid-2014.