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Encyclopedia > Fort Meade

Fort George G. Meade, 5 miles (8 km) northeast of the town of Laurel, Maryland, is a semi-active US Army installation. The fort is named after General George Meade, a Union Army general in the United States Civil War.


Fort Meade was used as a basic training post and a prisoner of war camp during World War II. In the 1950s, the post became headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA). The post was scheduled to close in the 1990s, but was kept open to support the NSA.


Due to its location near Washington, DC, it is increasingly being used by government and military tenants like the Department of Defense's Defense Information School, the headquarters of the Defense Courier Service, the United States Army Field Band, and an Environmental Protection Agency facility.


The National Cryptologic Museum is located on Fort Meade.


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Neal Stephenson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1162 words)
October 31, 1959 in Fort Meade, Maryland) is known primarily as a science fiction writer in the postcyberpunk genre with a penchant for explorations of society, mathematics, currency, and the history of science.
He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired Magazine, and works part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff Bezos) developing a manned sub-orbital launch system [1].
Born in Fort Meade, Maryland — home of the National Security Agency — Stephenson comes from a family composed of engineers and hard scientists he dubs "propeller heads".
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