Executive Correspondence - Letter from Congressman, Charles A. Gonzalez in regards to Tobyhanna Army Depot Page: 1 of 2
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August 22, 2005 BRAG CommissioHn
The Hon. Anthony J. Principi AUG25 2
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Base Realignment and Closure Commission
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Arlington, Virginia 22202-3909
I have recently become aware of the statements made by the Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance
(NEPA), as well as Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski
regarding the Cryptologic Systems Group (CPSG), currently located in my congressional district
in San Antonio, Texas, and DoD's proposal to realign the CPSG's maintenance workload from
San Antonio to Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania.
In response, I would like to address a few of the assertions made by the NEPA and my
colleagues from Pennsylvania.
In 1995, the National Security Agency (NSA) held a tri-service competition to consolidate the
Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) workload. CPSG and Tobyhanna competed head-to-head for this
workload. CPSG won this competition and NSA's national SIGINT workload was consolidated
at CPSG in 1996. As you are likely aware, NSA Director, William Black, Jr., has recently
expressed his concern with the BRAC proposal affecting the CPSG to the Chairmen of four Joint
Cross Service Groups.
It is my understanding that neither the CPSG nor Tobyhanna have conducted site surveys of the
other's facilities and thus the San Antonio delegation has made no assertion as to the capacity of
Tobyhanna Army Depot. However, there is clearly some doubt that Tobyhanna has adequate
space at the proper security level required to perform the CPSG mission and COBRA did not
allocate any MILCON dollars for expansion or conversion of space.
The NEPA also asserted in its letter that the San Antonio delegation has stated that the CPSG
work cannot be performed by civilians. This is obviously an inaccurate statement made by the
NEPA. The truth is that the CPSG performs maintenance today with a combination of military,
civilians, and contractors. However, we do know that there is a disconnect between the DoD
BRAC recommendation for civilian transfers and actual CPSG civilian authorizations in
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