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Plan DARAH

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  • Albert LaFrance
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , May 10, 2000
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      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      Special Weapons Project 1951-1952" (15 pages) have been withdrawn from the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.

      ...Albert
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