The site of Fort Monroe served from 1608, as a manned out-post, until 2011 as TRADOC Headquarters. Some type of military presence (if only ceremonial) should be maintained to preserve this legacy of 402+ years, which is unique in the Western Hemisphere.
There are great number of entities of foremost national and global importance on or around Hampton Roads Harbour:
1.) the largest US Air Force base (home of TAC), Langley
2.) the largest US land transportation Army post (and now, home of TRADOC), Eustis
3.) the world’s largest shipbuilder, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.
4.) the greatest density of US Naval presence in Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Norfolk
5.) the home of US space exploration, NASA/Langley
6.) a World Trade Center in Norfolk
7.) NATO headquarters in Norfolk
8.) international piers in Newport News, Portsmouth and Norfolk
9.) countless government contracting/research firms in Hampton and other cities.
I can think of no more apropriate site for Homeland Security than on Fort Monroe; historically, the defender of the world’s greatest harbour. The former TRADOC Headquarters Building could serve as the base of operations.
Situated in the midst of our nation’s greatest concentration of military might, Fort Monroe would well serve as an excellent site for meetings of the various US military branch heads, and foreign military liaisons. Again, the former Headquarters Building would most suitable.