Report: Costs, Risks of Cheyenne Mountain Move Still Unknown

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Washington (AP) An audit by the government accountability office says the Defense Department can't prove that moving key surveillance missions out of Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain will save the $150 million officials have promised.

The report released Monday found it would cost at least $50 million to move critical missions from the cold war-era war room to Peterson Air Force Base about ten miles away.

Investigators also found the Defense Department doesn't yet know how risky the move will be.

As a result, the investigators say congress should consider waiting to spend money on the move until the department finishes analyzing its costs and benefits.

House Armed Services Committee members commissioned the study asked the GAO to determine the cost, savings and risk of moving out of Cheyenne Mountain.

The mountain bunker outside Colorado Springs has served as the headquarters for the United States Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command since the early 1960s. The base has starred in several movies and television shows and is known for "tracking Santa" on Christmas Eve.

Pentagon officials last July announced they no longer needed the bunker and planned to put Cheyenne Mountain on "warm standby.''

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