(ANTIMEDIA) Escondido, CA — 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.
1The 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.