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NORAD War Room Being Retired

Posted on Oct 16, 2006
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The U.S. government is basically shuttering the NORAD nerve center deep in the Cheyenne Mountains in Wyoming Colorado. (thanks, readers.)


Dr. Strangelove would have a heart attack: America’s vaunted underground war room deep inside this granite mountain is being retired. Not only that, but Russian military men have been inside the place.

During the long nuclear standoff with Moscow, the nation’s super-secret nerve center was a symbol of both Cold War might and apocalyptic dread, depicted in such movies as “WarGames” in 1983. But with the end of the Cold War, the war room is being put on “warm standby” to save money.

A staff will keep it ready to resume operations at a moment’s notice if a blast-hardened command center becomes necessary, but the critical work is being shifted to Peterson Air Force Base, about 10 miles away.


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By Johanna, October 17, 2006 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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Uh, when has this administration ever cared about “saving money”? 

Come on, it’s almost bedtime, tell me another.

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By mph, October 17, 2006 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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Ok, so where is the new facility?  They’d only close it if there was a new swoopy-doopy one to take its place.

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By Madison Guy, October 17, 2006 at 8:53 am Link to this comment
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Who needs NORAD when we’ve got neocons? They’re really are determined to go out in a nuclear blaze of glory, whether triggered by American nuclear bunker busters, or perhaps the Pakistani government falling and losing control of its nukes in the messy aftermath of an attack on Iran. We’re entering a period that is far more dangerous than the balance of terror of “mutual assurred destruction” deterrence of the cold war, dangerous as that was.

Why so little outrage — including none from our leading liberal political figures? Perhaps because, judging from things like the reaction to the TV show Jericho, more and more folks seem to think nuclear war is survivable with just a little grit and determination — just another kind of war. It’s a huge collective failure of memory.

Some thoughts about an increasingly oblivious world poised on the edge of the abyss: Dr. Strangelove, please keep an eye on your toys. The grandchildren are getting forgetful.

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By David, October 16, 2006 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment
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Cheyenne Mountain is outside Colorado Springs, Colorado not in Wyoming.

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By Frankster, October 16, 2006 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment
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So where are they going to move Stargate Command?

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By ripplein, October 16, 2006 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment
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NORAD, in Cheyenne Mountain, is located in Colorado, NOT Wyoming.

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By Ken Crost, October 16, 2006 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment
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NORAD is in Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, near Colorado Springs.

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By HJS, October 16, 2006 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment
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Ummm, you may want to check your map - Cheyenne Mountain is in Colorado.

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By dr. normal love, October 16, 2006 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment
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the u.s. is such an infantile country. it spends three quarters of its tax money on silly war toys, then attacks itself on 911 and stops pretending to defend itself to ” save money. ” jeez, if these redneck inbreds didn’t have our money, we could be a real country with things like stores and homes owned by individuals and songs on the radio.

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