Fort Detrick is a 1,200-acre Army base housing a complex of biological laboratories and communication facilities. Originally a research center for the nation's biological weapons program, Fort Detrick is one of the world's most important biomedical research facilities. It is the home of USAMRIID, the infectious disease research facility that confronted the notorious ebola virus outbreak scare a few years ago, and one of only two facilities in the country officially permitted to handle the most dangerous biological agents on earth, inside biosafety-level-5 biocontainment labs (the other is at the Center for Disease Control, in Atlanta). Fort Detrick is also an important federal communications center, housing numerous vital satellite and fiber optic links, including a major bulk data link directly connecting Fort Detrick to the National Security Agency, White House, and the Pentagon.
Fort Detrick, Maryland