A military bunker set up during the Cold War to protect against nuclear attacks has been mostly abandoned for some years, but in a recent press conference, a top military official confirmed they are planning to revive it to protect against a more modern threat the armed forces could potentially face.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command initially set up shop at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex near Colorado Springs, Colorado, but some time ago, the operation moved to a nearby Air Force base. After sitting abandoned for some time, the complex will now be used to protect the military against electromagnetic pulses.
As The Blaze explains EMPs occur naturally, but artificial EMPs can potentially be used by enemies as a mode of attack. Naturally occurring EMPs generally occur when the sun shoots out flares of extreme radiation that can result in “radio blackouts and GPS navigation errors,” and artificial EMP bombs have similar detrimental effects. Thankfully, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex has the ability to protect itself from EMPs.
“Because of the very nature of the way that Cheyenne Mountain is built, it’s EMP-hardened,” U.S. Northern Command and NORAD Commander William Gortney said. “It wasn’t really designed to be that way, but the way it was constructed makes it that way.”
The Department of Defense has now inked a $700 million deal with Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services to “support threat warnings and assessments,” for the Cheyenne Mountain Complex.
“Raytheon has deep expertise in sustainment and modification solutions that include sensor and software systems, radars, command and control, and range-engineering services,” David Wajsgras, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services president, said in a statement. “We look forward to working closely with the Air Force in this important area of national security.”
The Pentagon is currently moving loads of communications gear to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex as the bunker is repurposed.
Photo Source: NORAD/USAF via The Blaze