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The National Security Agency has long been the economic development enigma of Anne Arundel and Howard counties and, indeed, the whole state of Maryland. Exactly how many spooks are out there? The NSA is the government's worldwide electronic eavesdropping agency, supplying "sig-int(elligence)" to supplement the CIA's "hum-int."

Nice job by the Baltimore Business Journal of finding the NSA's notice in the Federal Register that it plans to add up to 11,000 jobs and 5.8 million square feet of office space over the next 20 years. Nice job by The Sun's Jamie Smith Hopkins in reporting the likely explanation: Much of this may be consolidation of satellite offices now surrounding NSA's Fort Meade headquarters, not net expansion.

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