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    The United States has spent about $58 million on a large Missile Defense Agency 225,000 square foot facility.

    WASHINGTON, January 29 (Sputnik) — The United States has spent about $58 million on a large Missile Defense Agency facility construction at the Von Braun Complex in the US state of Alabama, the agency has announced in a statement.

    "The 225,000 square foot facility has office space to accommodate more than 900 employees…The construction cost of Von Braun IV was approximately $58 million," the US Missile Defense Agency's Wednesday press release said.

    Earlier in the day, the agency's Deputy Director Kenneth Todorov officiated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which marked the opening of the complex in Huntsville, Alabama.

    "This new facility will increase the Agency's efficiency and effectiveness by consolidating the majority of MDA's Huntsville workforce into one central location," Todorov was quoted as saying in the release.

    The Von Braun Complex will now accommodate 5,500 personnel from both MDA and the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, who will thus be working together on one campus, according to MDA.


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