October 18, 2012
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation and Howard County Workforce Development are sponsoring a Fort Meade Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Arundel High School, 1001 Annapolis Road, in Gambrills. The public can learn from Fort Meade employers about their hiring needs. The following organizations are scheduled to be in attendance: Fort Meade Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Media Activity, the National Security Agency and the Fort Meade Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center.
March 3, 2012
A federal judge sentenced father and son William and Donald Turley on Friday to 18 months in prison for using the family business to cheat the National Security Agency out of nearly $1.5 million, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. William Turley, 71, is from Annapolis; Donald Turley, 54, is from Owings, in Calvert County. Together they ran the Bechdon Co., located in Upper Marlboro, which made metal and plastic parts for the NSA. The men purposely overbilled the agency for hours that were never worked for more than a decade, prosecutors said.
February 17, 2012
Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. warned state regulators Friday that it will be laying off 224 employees across the country, including dozens based at Fort Meade, after losing a contract to provide security for a government agency. But a spokesman for Northrop Grumman said the company expects the employees will continue to do the same work for the incoming contractor. The switchover is expected in April. "The jobs aren't going away," said David Apt, the spokesman. The contract is for providing access-control services to the National Security Agency in multiple states, ensuring that the people driving onto NSA property and going into its buildings are supposed to be there.
December 22, 2011
Jean W. South, a retired National Security Agency analyst and school bus driver, died of liver failure Monday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 69. Born Jean Wisniewski in Baltimore and raised on Andre Street in Locust Point, she was a 1960 Seton High School graduate. She earned a degree at Anne Arundel Community College and attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She met her future husband, Larry South, a defense contractor, while on a skiing trip in Vermont.
December 3, 2011
Analysts with the National Security Agency see the threats coming at corporate America: viruses, worms and other malware targeting the computer networks that serve the nation's banks, utilities and businesses. But the 64-year-old law that established the modern U.S. intelligence community prevents them from sharing the classified details with the private businesses in the cross hairs. "I'm really concerned that we will have some type of serious attack within the year," said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who receives security briefings as the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
November 21, 2011
It was shocking to see that the National Security Agency is still persecuting Thomas Drake, the whistleblower who exposed a wasteful computer system and then was prosecuted ("NSA whistle-blowers want seized computers returned," Nov. 18). He and his colleagues tried to do the right thing for the taxpayers. As often happens to whistleblowers, Mr. Drake was fired, lost his pensions, and was consumed financially by a bogus legal case. This was a warning to those considering blowing the whistle.