In April of 1970, a small town in Cavalier County, North Dakota, welcomed a new neighbor: the Stanley R. Mickelson Safeguard Complex (SRMSC), a nuclear defense system.
The facility was built at Nekoma for its proximity to the Minuteman missile fields at Grand Forks Air Force Base, placed there to protect them from Soviet attack. It was meant to utilize top-notch radars to detect Soviet Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and then deploy anti-ballistic missiles (ABMs) to intercept and destroy them.
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