It should come as no surprise that with an annual military budget of over $610 billion, the United States invests in some gargantuan black ops and top secret facilities. These include warfare testing, nuclear bunkers, chemical experimentation, Continuance of Government (COG) command centers, and a wide variety of both known and unknown contingency preparation. Some of the facilities, like the infamous Area 51, are well-branded into our collective imagination; other are less known and considerably more vexing. It stirs and scares the mind to think about an entire underground network of tunnels connecting giant government facilities. Yet they are out there, down there, controlling this nation's future military responses and engaging in technological and weapons testing that most of us cannot even begin to fathom.
1. The Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Home of NORAD
The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is a hollowed out mountain in Colorado Springs that keeps track of everything in outer space and all planes in the North American airspace. Yes, this is the home of NORAD. Monolithic backlit screens provide a constant stream of information, including the 24/7 whereabouts of the President and Vice President.
In the event of a nuclear war, 800 personnel could survive in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex for 30 days, completely cut off from the outside world. Twenty-five ton blast doors and over 1,319 thousand pound springs remain anchored within 1,700 feet of granite.
2. Chemical Warfare Testing at The Dugway Proving Grounds
The Dugway Proving Grounds in Tooele, Utah is a testing facility for military hardware. It is the size of Rhode Island and there’s every indication that anything you can imagine going on in Area 51 does go on. Initiated within two months of Pearl Harbor, there are 60 years worth of reports suggesting this is the home of next-generation weapons systems, secret aircraft, particle beams, chemical and biological weapons, and much more.
Perhaps the most salient feature of this site is the 48,000-square-foot Reginald Kendall Combined Chemical Test Facility, where chemical warfare detection devices and protective clothing are tested – on what or whom, we don’t know.
3. Raven Rock, Site R – World War III Hideaway
The Raven Rock Alternate Command Center, or “Site R,” is the location from which U.S. forces would be commanded in the event of World War III or a nuclear war. Like Cheyenne, it is designed to be self-sufficient for 30 days after a nuclear attack.
There are some reports that a 6 mile tunnel connects it to Camp David. In his book Top Secret Tourism, author Harry Helms notes that cell phones and GPS devices do not work near Site R, which suggests there is a blocking mechanism in use to prevent people from coordinating or communicating in the vicinity.
4. Fort Detrick and Biological Warfare Tests on San Francisco
Fredrick, Maryland was the home selected for America’s first biological warfare program, signed into existence by President Roosevelt in 1942, soon after Pearl Harbor. Fort Detrick became home to tests involving biological toxins or infectious agents.
In the 1950s and ’60s, scientists from Fort Detrick, along with the US Navy, conducted six experimental warfare attacks on San Francisco to test the general population’s vulnerability to germ agents. Over eight days, a ship moving alongside the shoreline of the bay released massive clouds of two different supposedly non-pathogenic germs deemed “realistic simulants that might be used in an attack.” Of the six tests carried out, four contained Bacillus globigii and two contained Serratia marcescens.
5. Mount Weather & the Underground Continuity of Government (COG)
Mount Weather is another “above top secret” military base cocooned within a hollowed out mountain, this time in Berryville, Virginia. There was a time when this facility was the biggest secret since the Manhattan Project. Like many other top secret military bases, Mount Weather is tasked with protecting military elite in the event of a major disaster. This one is perhaps the ultimate bomb shelter. During the September 11, 2001 attacks, many high level officials, including Vice President Cheney, took refuge here.
In addition to its numerous living quarters and recreational facilities, Mount Weather also has a crematorium and a radio and television station.
It has long been rumored that this military base hosts officials and commanders from an alternate chain of command—a parallel government so to speak—that would take over in the unlikely event that the entire presidential line of command is killed or turned into zombies.
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