U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project

This project was completed in August 1998 and resulted in the book Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 edited by Stephen I. Schwartz. These project pages are only occassionally updated and should be considered historical.

Strategic Air Command Headquarters

Workers building the new underground command post for the Strategic Air Command, circa 1955

To provide some protection against the effects of a Soviet nuclear strike, the Strategic Air Command (SAC) decided to bury its new headquarters building underground at

Offutt Air Force Base

in Omaha, Nebraska. Construction began on April 16, 1955 and was completed in 1956, at a cost of about $65 million (in constant 1996 dollars). On June 1, 1992, SAC became the

U.S. Strategic Command


Credit: Offutt Air Force Base (courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)