- Recently-declassified records of the U.S. Army Office of the Chief Signal
Officer include documents from the early 1950s concerning Plan DARAH, which
stands for "Department of the Army Alternate Headquarters".
DARAH was not a specific facility, but rather a dispersal or relocation
plan for various Army components. Army headquarters would relocate to Fort
Monroe, VA. The documents mention similar plans for the other services,
with Navy HQ moving to the Norfolk, VA naval base and the Air Force going
to Langley AFB, VA.
It's interesting that all of the service HQ relocation sites were south of
Washingon. Certainly these facilities make sense in terms of their normal
functions and reasonable distances from Washington, but I wonder if the
southern locations also reflect a concern that the concentration of big
cities along the northeast coast would be a likely target area.
Also rather intriguing is the fact that, despite the age of these records,
about ten individual memoranda, plus an entire folder titled "Armed Forces
Special Weapons Project 1951-1952" (15 pages) have been withdrawn from the
files due to security classification.