Update: Fort Gordon to house new Cyber Command Center

Fort Gordon's main gate. (May 2, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

Fort Gordon's main gate. (May 2, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, December 19, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) - "[It] could be in the neighborhood of several thousands," said Thom Tuckey with the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon.

He's talking new jobs, new opportunities, and a new outlook on operations at Fort Gordon.

"It's a tremendous opportunity for not only Fort Gordon but the Augusta community." said Tuckey.

The new cyber command post will bring all cyberspace operations for the US Army to Augusta.

"It's going to attract a lot of defense contractors, any defense contractor that's involved in cyber security today is going to want to have a presence in Augusta," he said.

But why Augusta?

The decision took close to four years to decide between Fort Gordon and Fort Meade in Maryland. One factor is the cost of living.

"The total cost is about 25 percent less here then it would've been at Fort Meade," Tuckey said.

Good news for those civilians moving here for work. Tuckey told News 12's Patrick Price, "Civilians coming into town, a lot of people buying houses, it's going to have an impact on schools."

Another factor is what's already been in Augusta for decades.

"Fort Gordon is already the signal center of excellence so anybody that has anything to do with communications or computers is already coming here," he said.

That makes Fort Gordon an even better location for the 179,000 foot headquarters, focusing on protecting everything cyber.

It will ultimately protecting this entire country right in our own backyard.

"Cyber command is the army's element that is responsible for doing the kind of protection to keep those areas safe," said Tuckey.

Original report

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRDW) - The United States Army has chosen Fort Gordon as the city of its new Cyber Command center.

Officials say the re-organized command is necessary to combat the ever-increasing threat to cyber security and computer-based threats to national security.

According to a press release, the new post will centralize the Army's cyber operations, including resources and U.S. Military networks.

Georgia's U.S. Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, as well as Congressman John Barrow all praised the move.

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