In 1959 a Project SAGE Sector Direction Center went live in Syracuse, NY. It was the first of more than two dozen such centers built in the U.S. and Canada. They were part of NORAD, the North American Air Defense Command, headquartered in the bowels of Cheyenne Mountain in the Colorado Rockies. Project SAGE cost more than the Manhattan Project (between $20 billion and $60 billion in today's dollars, depending on how one counts), yet few people have heard of it. It never saw a single instance of what it was built to detectan attack by Cold War adversary…
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