Cheyenne Mountain gets upgrade

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Still a viable defense command outpost.
  • Still a viable defense command outpost.

The former headquarters of the nation's chief air defense agency has gotten a makeover inside Cheyenne Mountain, the Associated Press is reporting.

The Missile Warning Center got a $2.9 million renovation, the news services said, including "a new 'knowledge wall,' consisting of big-screen video displays so everyone in the center could see the same information at the same time."

Cool. Wonder why they haven't had that before now, considering all the detective-crime-show agencies have had them for years.

Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, ensconced deep inside the granite mountain, is still humming with activity, with AP reporting there are some 800 people who work there daily, nearly the number before the departure of the headquarters for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command.

NORAD and NorthCom now are based at Peterson Air Force Base but keep a command center inside the mountain on warm standby in case it's needed.

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