Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government, has opened its new site near Ft. Meade. According to the company, the site in Annapolis Junction, MD, was opened to strengthen MITRE support to key Department of Defense (DoD) customers, several of which have relocated to Maryland from Fort Monmouth, N.J., as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) plan.
The company is leasing 73,000 square feet of office space through Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), which designed the facility to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. The offices are located in COPT's National Business Park—across the parkway from Fort Meade, the fourth largest Army installation in the continental United States, with nearly 40,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel.
"Being readily accessible to our sponsors and customers in the Fort Meade area is key to delivering the highest quality support," says Alfred Grasso, president and CEO. "With a fully equipped technical staff just across the road, we're able to do our part to make the relocation as smooth a process as possible."
MITRE anticipates the site, its seventh in Maryland, will ultimately employ 160. Following the ceremony, MITRE's office on the sixth floor was open for a walk-through, during which staff gave technology demonstrations on multi-language tools, cutting-edge cybersecurity software, and other innovative technologies the company has developed to support DoD programs and operations.
"The Fort Meade site has everything; a high performing MITRE team, a wonderful new facility, and a great community," says David Nolton, MITRE Defense Information Systems director. "The work programs at the new location provide challenging and fulfilling opportunities for a wide variety of professionals with experience in everything from signal processing to information security to business case analysis."
Commenting on the new site, Leopold said, "This opening is another tangible sign that base realignment and closure is bringing the economic activity and jobs we expected. I am very proud that MITRE chose to expand in Anne Arundel County."
Writer: Walaika Haskins