USAREUR assures Germans new intelligence facility is not NSA

U.S. Army Europe has sought to clarify who is behind a new intelligence center under construction west of Frankfurt after numerous German media outlets reported that the U.S. National Security Agency was building the facility.

A statement posted Thursday on USAREUR’s website says the new consolidated intelligence center is part of the consolidation of Army forces that has been underway in Europe for the last decade.

“It will allow us to consolidate tactical, theater and strategic intelligence functions to support the U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Army Europe,” according to the statement.

USAREUR spokesman Bill Roche said the command released the statement “because there has been some misinformation about the facility, about its purpose, so we wanted to clearly state its purpose.”

Germany’s Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reported that country’s Federal Intelligence Service chief disclosed the NSA’s plans for the new intelligence facility during a closed-door meeting. In a statement, the intelligence service said the story’s claims were false and that the facility belonged to the U.S. Army.

A spending request on the website of the Defense Department’s comptroller describes the facility as a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility,” or SCIF, that will position intelligence assets in close proximity to USAREUR’s command and battle center. Completion of the facility will permit the Army to close the Dagger Complex, an intelligence facility in Griesheim, according to the request.

The Dagger Complex, south of Frankfurt, was once part of the larger Darmstadt military community. Most of the U.S. bases in the community shuttered in 2008.

The new intelligence center at the Army’s Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden is expected to be complete by the end of 2015, according to USAREUR’s statement, and will cost just over $124 million, according to the spending request.

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