Cold War Redux: $700 million dollar contracts awarded to refurbish Cheyenne Mountain underground facility

Cheyenne Mountain, which was the former home of Norad and was America’s primary nuclear war readiness facility, is being refurbished as an underground bunker thanks to a $700 million contract awarded to the Raytheon corporation in late March.  The underground base, which was also home to Space Command (Spacecom), is being retrofitted at a time when tensions between the United States and Russia are proximating similar times when the world was entrenched in a 50 year Cold War.

The U.S. Department of Defense has sent out a bevy of big contracts, including a colossal $700,000,000 deal for Raytheon Technical Services Company.

Raytheon received the indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity Air Force contract to work on the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex. According to the Department of Defense, the award was giving due to a competitive acquisition.

As part of the program, sustainment services and products will be provided by the contractor in order to care for the Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment (ITW/AA) and Space Support Contract covered systems. The program will give ITW/AA leaders timely warning and attack assessments of threats through the air and space in addition to missile dangers.  -

The facility at Cheyenne Mountain is the premier location within CONUS to protect America’s Command and Control during a time of nuclear war, or EMP attack.  Estimated to sit beneath five acres of mountain and concrete, the bunker is believed to be able to withstand a direct nuclear strike of 30 kilotons or more.

Interestingly as well, the contract to refurbish Cheyenne Mountain comes just months before the largest military exercise on domestic soil is to be implemented by the National Guard and U.S. military.  Known as Jade Helm, this five state exercise is supposed to train military personnel on urban insurgency and control of civilian populations.  However, use of the military on civilians is illegal according to a Federal Law known as Posse Comitatus, and the timing of this training, along with the rebuilding of Cheyenne Mountain’s underground bunker, foreshadows something dire is coming and that the government is preparing for either civilian blowback, or foreign incursion.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has already stated that nuclear weapon use is not off the table if Washington continues to increase their presence in both Ukraine and places along Russia’s border.  And with so many different events appearing to come to a climax around September or October of this year, the retrofitting of Cheyenne Mountain could act as a harbinger to Americans that the government knows what is on the horizon, and are preparing a way for themselves to be protected from it.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.