Tagged: Cold War

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Project Pinball: Alaska’s Quest For UFOs

Project Pinball: Alaska’s Quest For UFOs Before it became a state, Alaska was home to a military project with the priority to track UFOs over Alaskan air-space. After WWII, the US military firmly planted itself in Alaska’s frozen tundra. During the 1940s, while the Lend-Lease Act was in place (1941-1945), the military presented itself as a strong force in the then-territory of Alaska and even had friendly relations with Russia in order to keep the Japanese government at bay. By 1950, the Cold War had begun and Alaska had become equipped with a plethora of radar and military sites. A high-level...


Please, No Buzzing in the War Room!

The War Room from Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” Please, No Buzzing in the War Room! During the Cold War, one of the most crucial elements of survival was not food or water or even a deep enough bomb shelter; it was communication. As many know by now, ARPANET, the grandfather of the internet, was created by the Department of Defense to provide a backup system of networks in the event the unthinkable had happened. Well, the Cold War has ended, and the unthinkable is, well, not thought...


Abandoned Air Force Station Haunted?

In a small town in the middle of Western Tokyo, there sits a patch of green. It’s not a garden or a somebody’s yard, it’s something quite different and unexpected. It’s an abandoned military base. But not just any base. It’s the former headquarters of all the U.S. Pacific Forces during the Cold War. The installation is hard to see. That’s because it’s covered up by nature. Overgrown. Though no one has worked there for years, it’s by no means lifeless. Why was it abandoned? And why did the US Forces move north away from the area? Some say the base was...