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BLUE CUBE

In 1960 in addition to Moffett Field, NASA and its suppliers and support industries, Sunnyvale Air Force Station (later renamed Onizuka Air Force Base) was established adjacent to Moffett Field as a top-secret facility, more commonly known as the "Blue Cube."

Considering the amount of military and defense work going on in Sunnyvale during in the Cold War and Vietnam War eras (Lockheed manufactured the Polaris and Poseidon missiles and a variety of rockets. Westinghouse supplied the launch tubes for Trident submarines), there was almost no vocal war protests. Part of the reason might be the secrecy under which these businesses operated.

 

The "Blue Cube" had no windows. Co-workers at most of the defense and aerospace companies did not know what the person in the next office or next cubical was even working on. The companies did extensive background checks on employees and their family members and instilled a sense of paranoia. To this day many former employees of the defense contractors hesitate to talk about the projects they worked on thirty or forty years ago.

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Taken on May 31, 2005