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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

State Strives to Leverage Ft. Meade’s Cyber Command

  • October 5, 2011
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Maryland is trying to become the “epicenter” of the nation’s cyber security efforts, the state’s top economic development official said last week.

The Pentagon’s decision to establish U.S. Cyber Command headquarters at Fort Meade one year ago creates enormous potential for business development in the surrounding region, Christian Johansson, secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, told attendees at a Baltimore conference, reported the Baltimore Business Journal.

The state is carrying out a multi-pronged approach to take advantage of the command’s presence. Maryland’s plans include cultivating startup companies through a $70 million venture capital fund and emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math education in its public schools to upgrade its workforce.

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