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Defense spending bill recognizes CIA’s predecessor — the basis for a future national N. Va. museum

The National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations at Kincora

The group behind a planned Northern Virginia museum honoring the roots of the country’s intelligence-gathering operations got a significant shot in the arm this week when lawmakers included wording in a federal spending bill officially recognizing the facility as the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations.

The recognition in the National Defense Authorization Act should help The OSS Society in its efforts to raise about $100 million to develop and launch the museum at the Kincora mixed-use development in Ashburn, per Charles Pinck, president of the Falls Church-based organization. The society was created to honor the efforts of Gen. William J. “Wild Bill” Donovan and his Office of Strategic Support Services, a precursor to the CIA, and it hopes to raise enough funds to break ground on the roughly 57,500-square-foot museum in time for completion in 2027.

Read the full article in the Washington Business Journal.