AMERICA'S NUCLEAR MOUNTAIN: 'THE MOST SECURE FACILITY IN THE WORLD' || RHINO 2019

June 13, 2019 posted by



a quarter century has passed since the end of the nuclear standoff between the United States and the former Soviet Union but the famous US military command center inside Colorado's Shia and mountain is still alive tracking new threats from new enemies the u.s. blasted a warren of tunnels out of the mountains hard granted in the 1960s so officers of the North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD could survive a nuclear attack although NORAD called off its nuclear watch in 1992 after the Soviet Union disintegrated Cheyenne Mountain is still teeming with electronics and personnel watching for terrorist attacks and cyber assaults as well as missiles Saturday is the 60th anniversary of NORAD a unique binational command created by the US and Canada to protect the skies over both nations to mark the occasion NORAD offered a tour of Cheyenne Mountain the bunker lies 610 metres under Cheyenne Mountain outside Colorado Springs Colorado it can be sealed off by two giant blast doors made of concrete and steel each one meter thick and weighing 21 tons we like to say it's the most secure facility in the world said Steve Rose deputy director of the base the heart of the complex is a grid of six tunnels up to 12 meters wide and 3 stories high they hold 15 connected buildings made of steel plates riding on massive coil springs to absorb the shock of a nuclear blast or earthquake the granite and steel also protect electronics from destructive pulses of electromagnetic energy that nuclear explosions produce asked whether Cheyenne Mountain is vulnerable to more powerful modern nuclear warheads rose answered indirectly I don't think we would be open if it was the military put NORAD in Colorado because it is near the center of the continent far from Soviet bomber bases and missile launchers said Brian Lasley NORAD's deputy historian the first command center was at the now decommissioned and Terra Force Base in Colorado Springs by the early 1960s it was clear and would not survive a nuclear attack so work began on burrowing into the mountain Lasley said the room is surprisingly small about 12 meters square 8 big video screens lined the walls soft lighting muted colors and sound muffling surfaces give the room a hushed somber feel in 2008 the military opened a bigger command center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs saying Shia and mountain was costly to runnin at the primary threats at the time North Korea and Iran did not have missiles capable of reaching Colorado Cheyenne Mountain became the alternate command center but operations regularly returned there for a few days at a time to make sure the room and its staff are ready in the event of a crisis Rose the base deputy director rejected the notion that Cheyenne Mountain is a relic couldn't be farther from the truth he said noting the mountain is fully occupied by a permanent NORAD contingent as well as commands for cyber intelligence and Space Surveillance a lot of the other areas I can't talk about he added after the Soviet Union collapsed NORAD had a bit of a slump as far as the focus of the mission said Royal Canadian Air Force colonel Travis Morgan a senior command center officer the 9/11 terrorist attacks abruptly changed that before 9/11 NORAD watched only four external threats after the terrorists turned domestic airliners into weapons NORAD began peering inward as well monitoring civilian air traffic for potential threats NORAD regularly launches fighter jets to intercept private aircraft that stray into restricted airspace including areas where the president is traveling it is usually a civilian who didn't read official notices Morehead said in 1979 and 1980 NORAD computer glitches produced false alarms about incoming missiles each time the problem was discovered quickly Cheyenne Mountain is an alluring setting for science fiction it was depicted in the 1983 wargames movie among others and in the Stargate TV series it takes 45 seconds for built-in hydraulic machinery to close the blast doors if the hydraulics fail two people can close them by hand one door usually remained shut at all times during the Cold War since then commanders ordered them closed only once on September 11th NORAD is known worldwide for its NORAD tracks sent Operation fielding calls from children on Christmas Eve asking where sent is the operation has always been run out event or Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs never Cheyenne Mountain said Lasley

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5 Replies to “AMERICA'S NUCLEAR MOUNTAIN: 'THE MOST SECURE FACILITY IN THE WORLD' || RHINO 2019”

  1. Derek Ortiz says:

    Gonna have to take a drive and find the gate

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  3. liar 9 11 was a inside job you are fake news

  4. sulner says:

    Where is the stargate

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