In his new book, "Raven Rock," Garrett Graff uncovers the secret programs meant to keep America alive.
- By Sharon WeinbergerSharon Weinberger is the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy. Previously, she was the national security editor at The Intercept, where she directed the publication's defense and intelligence coverage. Her most recent book, published in March 2017, is The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World (Knopf, 2017). She was a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard in 2015-2016, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2008-2009, and she is currently a non-resident global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has also been an International Reporting Project Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, an Alicia Patterson Fellow, a Carnegie Fellow at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a Nation Institute Investigative Fellow, and a Carnegie Newhouse Legal Reporting Fellow. She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and holds an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Nature, Discover, BBC.com, Slate, Wired, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Financial Times, among other publications. She was previously a senior editor at Aviation Week and a co-founding writer and editor for Wired's national security blog, Danger Room.
Where would Donald Trump go in case of nuclear war? Is there a secret bunker at Mar-a-Lago? On this week’s second episode of The E.R., Sharon Weinberger, Elias Groll, Ryan Gallagher, and author of Raven Rock Garrett Graff continue the discussion of the U.S. government’s underground (no pun intended) plans to save the republic, or least the bureaucracies, in the case of nuclear war or other critical threats. During the Cold War, almost all government agencies created plans for a post-Apocalyptic era — the U.S. Postal Agency would be in charge of registering the dead and living, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would deliver food, and the National Park Service would run camps for the displaced.
While many of these programs have been modified post-9/11, government agencies still have plans in place for a nuclear or mass terrorism-related threat. The panel discusses how the U.S. government prepares for nuclear war in this day and age.
Garrett Graff is a journalist and author of Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While the Rest of Us Die, which was released in May 2017. Follow him on Twitter: @vermontgmg.
Sharon Weinberger is FP’s executive editor for news. She is the author of The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World. Follow her on Twitter: @weinbergersa.
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