ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 21, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following the announcement that the U.S. Cyber Command will be established at Fort Meade, Maryland. The total command is expected to exceed 21,000 soldiers and civilians, including units from each of the four branches of the armed services.
“I want to congratulate General Keith Alexander for officially receiving his fourth star today. When we spoke two weeks ago, I extended my personal congratulations and best wishes as he assumes direction of the Cyber Command.
“With the establishment of this Command in Maryland, we continue to strengthen our position as a global hub for cyber security. This emerging industry not only helps protect our national security, but it provides for endless economic opportunity and job creation. In Maryland, we’re committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the establishment of Cyber Command at Fort Meade is a seamless transition for all involved, including the thousands of civilians and soldiers that will be based there.”