Supervisors endorse Beale cyber command |

Supervisors endorse Beale cyber command

The county Board of Supervisors unanimously showed support Tuesday for a military cyber command center at Beale Air Force Base, joining numerous others including state Assemblyman Rick Keene.

The endorsement comes three weeks after the Air Force named another base, in Louisiana, for the command on a temporary basis.

A final decision has not been made, but Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base now is considered the leading candidate instead of Beale and others. The campaigning to bring the command to Beale has been underway for months.

The command could bring an estimated thousands of direct or indirect jobs to the region, according to Keene and others, although the county supervisors contend the figure is much lower.

The board will send a letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asking for his support to move the cyber command headquarters to the military base in Yuba County.

The board also adopted a resolution that will be delivered next week to General Robert Elder, commander of Barksdale Air Force Base.

“National security is something that should be of interest to all communities,” said Fifth District Supervisor Ted Owens.

Beale is the ideal location for the command headquarters because of its proximity to universities, Silicon Valley and has the necessary wiring and broadband infrastructure, according to Supervisors Sue Horne and Hank Weston, echoing others.

After Horne pulled the item from Sept. 11 meeting agenda at District 1 Supervisor Nate Beason’s request, both were criticized by a Placer County political blogger. He alleged Horne and Beason “caved” to liberals, citing his own reporting. The two denied the charges.

Beason said he asked to have the item pulled to learn more information about the command center.

“I’m glad we waited,” said Chairman John Spencer.

The Economic Resource Council has endorsed the move saying it would boost the high technology business in Nevada County.

“We always want to be a (research and development) hub. Certainly that’s a great area to draw from,” said 4th District Supervisor Hank Weston.


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