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Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, Missile Site Control Building, Northeast of Tactical Road; southeast of Tactical , Nekoma, Cavalier County, ND



B&W Photos

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BWPhotos 199334

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BWPhotos 199335

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BWPhotos 199336

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BWPhotos 199337

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BWPhotos 199338

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BWPhotos 199339

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BWPhotos 199340

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BWPhotos 199341

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BWPhotos 199342

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BWPhotos 199343

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BWPhotos 199344

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BWPhotos 199345

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BWPhotos 199346

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BWPhotos 199347

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BWPhotos 199348

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BWPhotos 199349

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BWPhotos 199350

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BWPhotos 199351

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BWPhotos 199352

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BWPhotos 199353

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BWPhotos 199354

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BWPhotos 199355

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BWPhotos 199356

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BWPhotos 199357

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BWPhotos 199358

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BWPhotos 199359

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BWPhotos 199360

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BWPhotos 199361

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BWPhotos 199362

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BWPhotos 199363


Item Title
BWPhotos 199363

Location
Northeast of Tactical Road; southeast of Tactical, Nekoma%25252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252525252Bvicinity, ND

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER ND-9-B
Building/structure dates: 1970 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1976 subsequent work
Significance: It is believed that the plans for deployment and initiation of construction of this facility were instrumental in obtaining Soviet agreement to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and a subsequent decline in Cold War hostilities between the Superpowers. This structure was nuclear hardened, that is, designed to withstand a nearby nuclear blast. Both the MSR with its data processing center and its power plant were nuclear hardened. The MSR was designed to be self-contained in case of attack. The MSR was a phased array radar, its beams were steered electronically instead of using heavy moving antennas. Rather than a large dish, this radar has thousands of small antenna built into each face. The MSR had a detection range of several hundred miles. It provided more precise, close-in target data than the PAR. The MSR was to ready interceptors (Spartan and Sprint missiles) for launch and than was to guide them to intercept. The MSR had four faces allowing it to operate against attackers from any direction. A research and development version of the MSR had been built at the Kwajalein Missile Range (in the Marshall Islands). However, that version was not built partially underground like the MSR at SRMSC.

Subjects
Military Art & Science
Military Facilities
Concrete Buildings


Related Names
Ralph M. Parsons Company
Raytheon Company
Morrison-Knudson & Associates
Halpern, Benjamin, Photographer
Zielinski, James Edward, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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