Base Realignment Brings Thousands of Defense Jobs to Maryland


Maryland Army Base To Significantly Expand Operations in 2011

Officials from the Fort Meade Army base in Maryland recently said they will add thousands of new defense jobs by the end of the year.

Appearing on WAMU 88.5 on June 13, Colonel Daniel Thomas predicted the base will have 48,000 workers by the end of 2011, which is an increase of 13,000 from three years ago, according to Severn Patch. Thomas was joined on the radio by Robert Leib, the local representative for the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC).

A total of 29 companies have moved their headquarters to within five miles of Fort Meade and another 49 organizations in the area have expanded. Defense contractors could represent nearly 10,000 additional jobs for the region, Leib said.

"The impact is quite large, and it’s adding to our social fabric everyday," he said, as quoted by the news source.

Leib said that security clearance would be required for about 90 percent of the new jobs but only a small percentage would require a lifestyle polygraph.

The Fort Meade base works directly with 95 partner organizations and agencies such as the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, National Security Agency and Defense Security Service.