The Pentagon has recently announced that it will be moving sensitive and important communications equipment to nuclear-hardened Cold War facilities to protect against electromagnetic pulse events that could occur naturally, from sun bursts, or from overhead detonations of a nuclear weapon. As reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP), the gear is being moved back to Cheyenne Mountain, a hardened base operated by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). The facility scans for missile launches and aircraft entering U.S. airspace.

The shift back to Cheyenne Mountain — located in Colorado — is not something that the Pentagon has undertaken on a whim; according to AFP, the Defense Department has inked a $700 million contract with Raytheon Corporation to get the job done. Such decisions usually follow analyses based on intelligence estimates. In other words, if the Pentagon didn’t feel it was necessary to move the sensitive comms back to Cheyenne Mountain, especially in an era of military budget cuts, the move wouldn’t be made. FULL REPORT