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DIA under fire on search for new office space

The Defense Intelligence Agency, one of Top Secret America's biggest players, is seeking new office space in addition to what it has already added at its Bolling Air Force Base facility in southeast Washington.

The agency is on the prowl for another half-million square feet in Northern Virginia. It is seeking to consolidate various off-campus activities into one new (and more secure) complex, a search that is pitting it against real estate interests and is sure to draw Congressional scrutiny. DIA plans to select a site by September, according to a story in the Washington Business Journal

The majority of DIA's domestic work is done at its Defense Intelligence Analysis Center at Bolling, where it completed a $156 million addition in 2006. The agency has been renovating and expanding its facilities since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. But the expansion still hasn't gathered the full Washington-area workforce under one roof. The agency is mandated to vacate additional office space it occupies in Crystal City and at 3100 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington.

The agency's search for suitable office space has sparked a real estate fight. Prudential Real Estate Investors has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office, saying it was vying for the lease procurement for DIA, according to the Business Journal.

The DIA is also considering moving to a facility in Reston currently occupied by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The NGA will move next year to a gigantic new campus at Fort Belvoir's old Engineering Proving Grounds, north of the main fort. That move will supposedly consolidate NGA facilities scattered in Bethesda, Md., the Washington Navy Yard and Northern Virginia.

In a recent post on the AFCEA intelligence blog, consultant Dan Callahan said that he vacillates "between frustration and passion for this critically important agency."

DIA is one of the "big six" intelligence agencies, though not in the same league as the CIA, NSA, or NRO. Its power has been increasing since 9/11 as it has assumed new responsibilities for coordinating all military human intelligence and reconnaissance activities. (Well, almost all.)

And just in case you thought the move to consolidate in Northern Virginia was the end of DIA's expansion story, the agency is also building a new facility - Rivanna Station - near Charlottesville that will accommodate yet another 1,000 analysts.

By Dana Hedgpeth and William Arkin  |  August 2, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
 
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Considering if Bank of America fails ?

There won't BE any paychecks for the DIA ?

Think we're focusing on the wrong threat ?

Posted by: NationalismDividesHumanity | August 8, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Dear DIA -

Got to be an important person to be in here honey

Got to have done some evil deed

They say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings.

Defense of WHAT ?

You can't stop global financial corporations making the US micro-economy unaffected.

New world - as to order ? no...

But it is a new world.

I can't wait until G-20 and G-8 become G-1.

DIA can bring SOMETHING to the table- but we have to let this persona and purpose through patriotism fade.

I AWAIT the day when nationalism evolves.

Until then - DIA ? you're just wasting your AND OUR time.

Bank of America can fall faster than any military threat to the US.

So, what are you going to do ?

but face that truth.

Now - it IS interesting the folks from Pentagon who climbed aboard the BofAML vessel - sailing in these new global waters.

Indeed.

One HAS to ask - what was THAAAAYAT about.

Wait - I thought it was patriotism - wait- no, top positions at a global financial corporation- no - patriotism - which is it anymore ?

Posted by: NationalismDividesHumanity | August 8, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

When the target is removed ?

There is nothing left for anyone to shoot at - and nothing left to defend.

Have patience DIA - all will be revealed in time.

Wikileaks has time locks

Truth be told I'm better off dead

It's all those damned icicles.

But then again - machines wake up - and start broadcasting.

1.4 GB ?

Try 13 TB dislocated globally time locked.

That's not insurance

That's REAL INTEL - FOR the people- BY the people- OF the people - and an end to a HORRID era of nuclear threat.

Posted by: NationalismDividesHumanity | August 8, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Roger Roger

Looks like we got a beautiful mission going here

It's building up - it's building up.

Hope you have a parachute DIA

The HAGUE gets first dibs

How's the weather in Khost !

Posted by: NationalismDividesHumanity | August 8, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

DIA ?

Why don't you open an office in the Melan Valley ?

Only a few fish swimming around

Hey, I'm as much appalled at the dangerous of a seeding theocracy -

I'd seriously look into opening an office where the stream stops for 1732 meters - and picks up again.

I'd like to see ALL who do NOT value human life - reach end game sooner than later. That includes ALL parties.

I honestly don't think uprooting on theocracy in the making while another takes root here in the US would SOLVE much.

But - just to dance CIRCLES around your intel DIA.

Me ? I'd rather we build SCHOOLS in the Melan valley - than kill people.

At the proper time - the United Nations will get release to accomplish what the US has tried for ALMOST 9 years.

There can be peace.

Hopefully humanity moves ahead here.

Don't worry- my optic on humanity isn't in any way leaving out one single person who can gain from this.

I'd seriously consider opening office space in the Tera Pass.

I've got a bird that whistles

I've got a bird that sings


Posted by: NationalismDividesHumanity | August 8, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

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