These put Area 51 to shame
There is a lot we don’t know.
Everybody has their secrets, and naturally, the more sensitive information you deal with, the more secrets you keep. That being said, governments around the world are often the keepers of some of the biggest secrets that their populations couldn’t begin to fathom.
It makes sense for the basic sake of security that so much of what a government does is kept classified. Over the years, many of these secrets become public, whether due to an exposé, emergency action, or a basic statute of limitations by which some matters need not remain classified.
One of the most fascinating operations carried out by the United States Government is everyday operations, both in wartime and in times of peace. But not all of these operations take place in Washington D.C. or on the many bases we’re so familiar with. In some cases, the Government has secret locations where they can carry out both quotidian activities and more long-term private matters.
The Cheyenne Mountain Complex
Like many other bunkers and installations on this list, we are familiar with the general location and purpose of the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, but many of the activities there remain a mystery.
Located in Colorado Springs, the station was the previous headquarters of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and was an integral defense center during the Cold War.
Built in the 1960s, the bunker is a part of the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and in the past it’s served as host to many aerospace defense units. It’s located across 5 acres some 2,000 feet under pure granite. The buildings located within and around the bunker are built to withstand earthquakes and attacks without shifting more than 1 inch. Blast doors outside the bunker could deflect a 30 megaton nuclear explosion.
You may have heard the station mentioned in movies such as WarGames, Terminator, and the Independence Day films.
Raven Rock Mountain Complex
Known as the “underground Pentagon,” the Raven Rock Mountain Complex is an underground nuclear bunker and facility located near Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, just across the border from Camp David. It contains emergency operations centers for all branches of the Armed Forces.
The bunker was designed to be self-sufficient for at least a month following a nuclear attack. There are reports that cell phones and GPS devices do not work in the surrounding area, and other reports that claim the command center is connected via an underground tunnel to Camp David.
Project Greek Island
Perhaps one of the most fascinating publicized examples of a covert government control center, Project Greek Island was a government sustainability and continuity program launched in the 1950s.
This amazing program was mostly carried out in plain sight, all in and around the luxury Greenbrier Hotel located in the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia.
The concept of Project Greek Island was that the hotel would serve as an emergency second Congress in the case of an international crisis; a place where all members of the House and Senate could relocate to continue governing in such a circumstance. Here’s how it worked. Keep reading.