A massive 4 year White House construction project has finally been completed. The deep, underground project continues to be shrowded in secrecy and has reportedly been planned for 40 years..
Given that the president has so many fortified hidey holes, why was this one buit? What does it’s construction really mean for the security of the most powerful man in the world?
The White House Big Dig is finally wrapping up, but the Big Reveal is proving to be a pretty big letdown.
After nearly two years and $86 million worth of noisy and disruptive construction, the West Wing has emerged from its visual seclusion remarkably unchanged. And deep underground, whatever has been built there remains shrouded in mystery.
Plus, if you ask what the next phase is in this massive, four-year project, the official answer is “TBD” — to be determined.Read more:
Most interesting, though, is the fact that insiders say this is not a done deal. Sources say the next phase is to be determined. Now, what does that mean?
Are we anticipating urban unrest, a foreign attack, extraterrestrial invasion? What?
According to the White House, the construction project is a tunnel system and command center and has been planned for decades.
Building Our New West Wing Underground Command Center
Since the early 1960’s, the need for a Deep Underground Command Center (DUCC) has been studied. This Top Secret 1963 memo outlined the requirements for the construction of a DUCC. Because of limits in technology at that time, the project was deferred. Fifty years later, the DUCC is finally becoming a reality.
The new underground command center serves two purposes: 1) To protect key people with sufficient staff and data to render critical decisions and 2) Ensure the survival of the facility to allow dissemination of these decisions. The DUCC can only serve this purpose if the President and his team can secretly relocate there on very short notice.
Unlike the old Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) which is currently located below the East Wing of the White House, the new secret command center will house its own massive communications data center that interfaces with all military, intelligence, and critical federal agency systems. For security purposes, the exact specifications of the this command bunker are classified.