Supervisors seem to be rallying for Cyber center
Today, Nevada County supervisors will consider sending a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking for support in moving the Air Force’s Cyber Command headquarters to Beale Air Force Base.
The item was pulled from the Sept. 11 meeting agenda at District 1 Supervisor Nate Beason’s request, because he wanted more information and was going out of town the day of the meeting.
The topic became politicized when a Placer County blogger criticized the supervisors for postponing the agenda item, saying they “caved” to liberal pressures to table the matter.
District 2 Supervisor Sue Horne scoffed at the criticism and said she and other supervisors strongly support the command center. Horne is running against Yuba County Supervisor Dan Logue for Republican Rick Keene’s state Assembly seat.
Logue also supports the command center and believes the controversial 5,100-residence Yuba Highlands development would provide housing for the several hundred new employees. That number is down significantly from the 10,000 jobs originally envisioned by leaders of a civilian support group for the base.
Horne doesn’t support Yuba Highlands as presently proposed, and said there is enough housing on the base to take care of command center employees.
The focus of the new command center includes cyber warfare, electronic warfare, and protection of U.S. critical infrastructure networks, according to a letter to the board signed by Horne and Supervisor Hank Weston.
It would support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bring technology-based civilian jobs to the county, they added.
“Those are the types of jobs that are going to have a trickle-down effect. It will be a great plus for our region,” Horne said.
The command center also has the support of Economic Resource Council CEO Chuck Neeley, who wrote a letter of support to the supervisors and attended a luncheon at Beale with Horne and Weston late last month. The ERC regularly promotes technology-based employers and highlighted several on its recent tour of county businesses.
Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana has been named the temporary site for the command center and is currently organizing, training and equipping the base for cyberspace operations.
Beale has adequate space for a permanent location with 23,000 acres. The military base is within a few hours of several major universities and Silicon Valley, and it has the necessary wiring and broadband infrastructure to make it the ideal choice for a cyber command center, Horne and Weston wrote to Schwarzenegger.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. in the board chambers at the Eric W. Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., in Nevada City.
To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4231.
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