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SRMSC: Summary

(Excerpt from Historic American Engineering Record, HAER No. ND-9)

IV. Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

G. Summary

The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex (SRMSC) had a profound influence upon the surrounding economy and, as an ABM site, proved to be of importance on all levels. During its planning and construction phases, the ramifications of literally flooding a previously sparsely populated area produced a backlash of shortages in facilities and support infrastructure. With the help of Government funding, however, the shock was somewhat offset by a general betterment in existing resources. Moreover, Safeguard enabled the United States to actually gauge the cost of defense as opposed to offense and added immeasurably to missile and radar technology.

Perhaps its reputation rests on the fact that no other weapons system like it has been implemented before or since. It was located in a remote area and still remained self-sustaining. It is a tribute to the technical skill of the United States and a solemn reminder of the period in history we call the Cold War.