National Security Agency

Northeast Region Installation Management Activity
4217 Roberts Ave, Fort Meade, MD 20755

National Security Agency (NSA) is a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense, under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence. The NSA is responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign and domestic intelligence and counterintelligence purposes, specializing in a discipline known as signals intelligence (SIGINT). The NSA is also tasked with the protection of U.S. communications networks and information systems.  The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both signals intelligence (SIGINT) and cybersecurity products and services, and enables computer network operations (CNO) in order to gain a decision advantage for the Nation and our allies under all circumstances.


The NSA headquarters is located on Fort George G. Meade in Maryland, midway between the cities of Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington D.C. Fort Meade is the nation’s center for information, intelligence and cyber operations. It is a part of the Northeast Region Installation Management Activity (NERO).

Arriving at the National Security Agency

The nearest major airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI / KBWI). This airport has international and domestic flights from Baltimore, Maryland and is 10 miles from the center of Fort Meade.


Directions to Fort Meade from BWI Airport:

  • Follow signs for I-195 W
  • Take exit 2B for MD 295 S/Balt/Wash Pkwy toward Washington DC
  • Merge onto MD295 S
  • Exit onto Annapolis Rd/Jessup Rd/ MD 175 E/Odenton Rd toward Odenton. Continue to follow Annapolis Rd/MD-175 E for 2.5 miles
  • Turn right at Reece Rd into the Ft Meade Main Gate and Visitor Center.
Base Population

The National Security Agency employee information is classified, however Fort Meade is home to approximately 14,000 military personnel, representing all services, as well as 40,000 civilian employees. There are nearly 8,100 family members and over 150,000 retires residing on post and in the surrounding communities.

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