Simulated thermonuclear conflagration illuminates the monitors of NORAD's Cheyenne Mountain in the 1983 Matthew Broderick film WARGAMES
How About a Nice Game of Chess? - Cheyenne Mountain Standing Down

Yet another sign that the Cold War really is over: Military officials in Colorado announced Friday (7/28/06) that NORAD's daily functions would be shifted from Cheyenne Mountain to a decidedly less "hardened" office building at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. The Cheyenne Mountain Complex was carved 2,000 feet deep into granite beginning in 1961. The official thumb of massive retaliation is poised above the launch button in the 1983 film WARGAMESThe massive facility is 4.5 acres in size and houses 15 steel, three-floor buildings that are mounted on springs to absorb the shockwave of a nuclear explosion. For 40+ years, the iconic Cold War outpost monitored North American air space for missile launches and other threats. A staff of approximately 700 will remain at the complex to carry on certain duties for the US Air Force Space Command and the US Strategic Command.

In the 1983 film WARGAMES, precocious teen Matthew Broderick dials into the Mountain's computer and nearly starts World War III. A NORAD computer offers a game of chess to Matthew Broderick in the 1983 film WARGAMES





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