FBI Redstone Arsenal Entrance

The FBI at Redstone

The FBI has had a presence at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, for more than 50 years. Today, more than 1,300 personnel are working there in various operational roles.

Huntsville presents the FBI with new opportunities to build our capabilities, create new partnerships, and further our mission. The area offers many amenities and a lower cost of living, earning its title as one of the best places to work and live in the U.S.

About Redstone Arsenal 

Redstone Arsenal is a U.S. Army post and a census-designated place adjacent to Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama. The Arsenal has tenants across the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and NASA.

Huntsville Community 

Huntsville is recognized worldwide as a thriving metropolitan area great for both business and living. Huntsville consistently ranks as one of the most affordable cities in the U.S. and is home to innovative companies.

Part of a 21st Century Workforce Strategy 

Since 1971, with the establishment of the Hazardous Devices School (HDS) and followed by the development of the Terrorist Devices Analytic Center (TEDAC), FBI Redstone has grown from its original role as the FBI Explosives Center of Excellence. With rapidly changing 21st century threats, FBI Redstone has become a focused growth area for training, data analytics, and cyber intelligence.  

In 2016, the FBI committed to strategically realigning personnel outside the National Capital Region as part of a new 21st Century Workforce Strategy. This realignment enhances mission resiliency and continuity of operations. It also creates a stronger posture and flexibility to support an evolving FBI mission. 

Redstone Arsenal has provided the FBI with almost 1,600 acres of secure land near other government agencies, including the ATF, NASA, Army Materiel Command, Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Test Center, and Defense Acquisition University, among others.   

The FBI is building two campuses that will bring various FBI assets together on Redstone Arsenal and will address tactical and specialized training requirements. Every day, FBI personnel at Redstone conduct forensic analysis in a lab environment, sort through data for critical investigations, or monitor networks for cyber attacks. FBI personnel at Redstone are at the center of the agency’s technology, data analytics, and cyber missions.   

Other entities on the Arsenal that support the overall FBI mission include the interim Tennessee Valley Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (TVRCFL) and the National Defense Cyber Alliance (NDCA). The TVRCFL is one of 17 laboratories in the country serving as a full-service digital forensics laboratory and training center dedicated entirely to the examination of digital evidence. Our partnership with the NDCA will improve national security by protecting our sensitive networks through collaborative strategies and information sharing between the cleared defense contractor community and the U.S. government. 

“It’s really the future of the FBI, and it’s all about technology, innovation, talent, and resiliency.”

- FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate 

Family Resources 

Education and School Districts 

School Districts
Alabama and the Huntsville area are committed to providing education and opportunities in the regional school systems. The Huntsville area has seven public school systems that support more than 67,000 students. 

More than 90% of students in the Huntsville area attend public school because of the opportunities these systems offer. The school systems support companies through industry-focused programs in cyber, engineering, advanced manufacturing, and life sciences. In addition to the industry programs, schools also offer Advanced Placement (AP) programs to meet the needs and interests of students. The area also has 30 private schools (from preschool/childcare ages through high school).

Additionally, the Alabama School for Cybertechnology and Engineering (ASCTE) is the nation’s only high school with a focus on cybertechnology and engineering—poising a unique attribute to Huntsville and introduce school-aged kids to the integration of cyber into all academic disciplines.  ASCTE is a public, residential magnet high school serving students throughout the state of Alabama—with free tuition and housing.

The Alabama State Department of Education offers additional information about the state’s commitment to the public education of Alabama. 

Extracurricular Programs
The Huntsville area has multiple extracurricular camps and programs offering unique opportunities for students. 

  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center: Located in the heart of Huntsville, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center hosts numerous camps—from cyber camp to their famous space camp—for people of all ages to get involved in STEM.

    • Cyber Camp: U.S. Cyber Camp allows trainees to explore the world of cyber through hands-on experiences and challenges. With introductions to the ethics and responsibilities of data security and the exciting expansion of the Internet of Things, this program introduces individuals aged 15-18 to cyber technologies. 

    • Space Camp: Operated by the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission, this opportunity allows kids and adults alike to enjoy an immersive experience with real-life situations and simulations.


Alabama is home to a number of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Curious about in-state versus out-of-state tuition? Typically, residency can be established after a citizen or permanent resident of the United States has lived in a home in Alabama for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding current registration. There are some exceptions to the rules (e.g., for military personnel on active duty and stationed in Alabama), but exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis. Each family must do their own research. 

Rules regarding residency for tuition purposes at many universities in Alabama are governed by the State of Alabama Code Subsection 16, and Title 16, Chapter 64. Requirements for qualification as resident student; rules and guidelines.

Around the Town 

The following resources offer additional information about living in the Huntsville community.

Employment and Research Park 

Find additional employment information at fbijobs.gov and LinkedIn.

Research Park
Cummings Research Park (CRP) is the second largest research park in the U.S. and the fourth largest research park in the world. Established in 1962, it is home to 300 companies, including a mixture of Fortune 500 companies, local and international high-tech enterprises, U.S. space and defense agencies, thriving business incubators, and higher education institutions employing more than 26,000 people.

Through a recent master plan process, CRP is now seeing significant change for the future by offering additional amenities to employees in the park, including exclusive events, restaurants, childcare, biking and walking trails, and more. 


  • Airport: Huntsville International Airport (HSV)
  • Public transportation: Orbit bus system

My FBI Huntsville: Employee Testimonials 

Four FBI employees describe what it's like living and working in Huntsville, Alabama. Click the links to watch short videos on their experiences. 

  • My Phenomenal Huntsville: John, a father of two college-aged children, anticipated big changes when he and his wife of 25 years moved to Huntsville after spending 16 years in Miami. See why he thinks the city is a great place to live and why Huntsville felt like home “almost immediately” to him and his family. 
  • My Positive Huntsville: Akshay, 33, is a first-generation Indian-American who shares his initial fears about moving to Alabama and how accepting a job at the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) in Huntsville has allowed him to achieve some of his dreams. 
  • My Unique Huntsville: What’s Huntsville like for a recent college graduate? Kody, 23, brings us on a tour of the city he knew nothing about before moving here for a job with the Human Resources Division. 
  • My Dynamic Huntsville: Stephanie, a mother of two, shows what she likes about Huntsville and why she thinks the city is a great place for kids and raising a family. 

Pay and Benefits 

Decisions and information on pay, taxes, healthcare, insurance, etc. is situational. It is recommended that each family does its own research. 

  • Locality pay rates are different for the D.C. metropolitan area than in Huntsville because the cost of living in Alabama is lower than in the D.C. metropolitan area. You can view the locality pay tables on opm.gov.
  • Information about employee benefits, including health insurance and life insurance, can also be found on opm.gov.
  • For information about the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), visit tsp.gov.
  • For information on Alabama state taxes, visit revenue.alabama.gov.

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