Scott Air Force Base advances in bid for intelligence agency relocation

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Scott Air Force Base. (File photo)

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) – Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois is advancing in its bid to be the relocation spot for a secret government agency that helped coordinate the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the air base near Mascoutah is among four finalists in the competition for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Scott was among six finalists named over the summer.

The agency employs roughly 3,000 people and is now located along the Mississippi River in St. Louis. It is a combined defense and intelligence agency responsible for collecting, classifying and analyzing human ativity and showing that activity in the form of maps, charts and imagery intelligence.

The move is not expected for another seven or eight years.
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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com