Can you find your town on this national security map?
Curious about that new office building going up in your town? It just might be the top-secret headquarters of a terrorist-hunting government agency? Wondering who’s got the bucks to pay for new commercial space in the middle of a recession? Good thing there’s no recession in the national security industry.
The most interesting part about the Washington Post’s series on America’s booming national security empire isn’t the revelations about wasteful spending and lack of oversight. It’s the neat map of government installations as well as private contractors who have cashed in on top-secret contracts.
Some very hush-hush organizations occupy some very nondescript buildings. You never know which acronym agency is in that little office park down the road. So let’s take a look at the map. The great state of Oregon, which has almost no federal military installations, but does have five companies doing top-secret work, mostly in the Portland area. Indiana has four companies, New York 51, South Dakota zero (how could the Mount Rushmore state miss out on the gravy train?) and Virginia several hundred. If defense dollars make the heart grow fonder, then Virginia really is for lovers.
Does your town have a top-secret government installation or contractor? Take a look at this map.