Dagger Complex

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The Dagger Complex as 180°-Panorama

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]


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 in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim in 2015.[4][not in citation given][5]

In 2015, the Peng Collective operated a airborne leaflet strike over the facility as part of their Intelexit program, to call the employees to quit their job in case of ethical or psychological distress.[6] Shortly after the drop of the leaflets, the association's website was blocked on computers within the complex.[7]

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  1. ^ Christian Fuchs; John Goetz; Frederik Obermaier; Bastian Obermayer & Tanjev Schultz. "Frankfurt: An American Military-Intel Metropolis". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. ^ Waid, Matthew (July 22, 2013). "The European Cryptologic Center at Darmstadt, Germany". Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Charlie Coon (2003-10-07). "66th MIG assets to begin moving to Darmstadt". The Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2013-07-14.
  4. ^ "News Release HQ U.S. ARMY EUROPE & 7TH ARMY - Standortschließungen in Darmstadt und Hanau" (PDF; 416 kB). Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Heidelberg. 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-14.
  5. ^ Wiesel, Karl (September 26, 2008). "Wiesbaden: Upgrades, new facilities transforming garrison". United States Army. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  6. ^ The Intercept article "Drone Flies Over NSA Complex in Germany, Dropping Leaflets"
  7. ^ "Spiegel Online, Protestaktion bei Darmstadt: Drohne wirft Flugblätter über NSA-Komplex ab".

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