article was originally printed by The
Wichita Eagle on
April 17, 1997
I have included this article to
this site due to the fact that this security alarm at NORAD was
initiated 6 days after the arrival of the submarine at New Era.
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR STATION, Colo.-
The manmade cavern that houses the nerve center for the US and
Canadian air defenses was under tightened security because of an
unspecified security threat.
Senior military officials later
said they may have overestimated the credibility of the threat, but
that the stiffened security would remain for the time being.
Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeff Grime,
commander of the Cheyenne Mountain space-tracking complex, said
there was no threat to nearby Colorado Springs or several other
major Air Force and Army installations in the area.
"It's totally focused on us
here," said Grime, interviewed in his command center deep
inside Cheyenne Mountain.
In a later interview at nearby
Fort Peterson Air force Base, Vice Admiral Lyle Bien said officials
had determined that the credibility of the information was in doubt.
He added that extra security precautions would be kept just in case.
Bien said the information, while
still not completely discounted, had come third-hand. It had
indicated a "potential for some kind of attack" on
Cheyenne Mountain, one of the most security facilities in America,
"It doesn't look like the
source was terribly credible," he said after consulting with
Grime at U.S. Space Command headquarters, where Bien is vice