Just under $34 million in federal funding has now been secured for the construction of a long-planned, high-tech facility on the Arizona base of Fort Huachuca, located some 15 miles to the north of the Mexican border.
That money is coming through the recently approved National Defense Authorization Act, which is providing up to $740 billion in funding for a wide variety of military base construction and infrastructure projects nationally.
The Fort Huachuca project will see the construction of a Defense Information Systems Agency Laboratory Building.
By design, the new structure will put all in one place a series of Joint Interoperability Test Command operations that have recently been housed in a series of temporary trailers.
The new facility will serve as a kind of command center, coordinating global testing capabilities, while combining the services of the Department of Defense and private industry in the gathering of intelligence, among other tasks.
Classified as a combat support agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency is headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Last year the city of Sierra Vista received just over $1.4 million from the Department of Defense to build an emergency medical services substation to support military families living at Fort Huachuca.
A schedule for when work on the systems agency laboratory building will begin has not yet been announced.
By Garry Boulard
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