US Strategic Command is replacing the old Strategic Air Command headquarters facility with its deeply buried command post that STRATCOM has inhabited since its creation in 1992, Gen. Kevin Chilton assured lawmakers during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 26, 2010. Responding to a comment by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) that the 50-year-old structure "puts STRATCOM's mission and its personnel at some risk," STRATCOM boss Chilton noted that the facility simply was not designed for today's missions. The structure, with seven levels underground, was built during the Cold War for a "sole mission set with different technologies," but STRATCOM, with its multiple mission areas—nuclear command and control, cyberspace, and space—has brought in a "lot of computer capability" that the structure "was absolutely not designed to handle," explained Chilton. Here, a vintage photo shows SAC personnel working in the famous Cold War-era command post.
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