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.
Dana Hedgpeth and William Arkin
August 2, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
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