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The Dagger Complex is a US military base in Darmstadt (Germany), close to Griesheim. It is located on the Eberstädter Weg, south of the August-Euler-Airfield.

The complex is operated by the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) on behalf of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).[1] Building 4373 within the complex houses the NSA's European Cryptologic Center (ECC), the agency's principal SIGINT processing, analysis and reporting center in Germany.[2] inter


During the Cold War, the complex was used by the 2nd RSM (Radio Squadron Mobil), a unit of the Uinited States Air Force Security Service. There, radio operators, Russian linguists and Cryptographers intercepted, translated and encrypted Soviet radio traffic in an attempt to determine the Soviet intentions from the conversations as well as from the size, direction and duration of the various Soviet sorties in Eastern Europe.

In 1999 about 50 INSCOM-Units were moved from Bad Aibling Station to Darmstadt. Together with INSCOM, the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade was moved to Darmstadt until summer of 2004.[3]

The facility is slated to be relocated to a Consolidated Intelligence Center at Lucius D. Clay Kaserne i'sn Wiesbaden-Erbenheim in 2015.[4][not in citation given][5]


Coordinates: 49°50′37.61″N 8°35′3.25″E / 49.8437806°N 8.5842361°E / 49.8437806; 8.5842361

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