Last year it was announced the U.S. was looking to build a secret underground complex in Israel. On February 13 another contract was awarded to Conti Corp Federal Services in Edison, NJ to complete the project. Their bid of almost $63 million came in well below the possible $100 million set aside for the project. Conti’s bid went toward building five underground levels and six above ground buildings to be completed by May 2015. All contractors involved in the program must posses a U.S. or Israeli Secret Security Clearance. Walter Pincus from the Washington Post who broke the story believes the site to be a secure command center.

On December 28, 2012 the U.S. government issued a request for proposal for the construction of ‘Site 81 Phase II’. This site, also in Israel, and also partially underground, will require up to $100 million to complete. This facility will get six underground levels built under currently occupied surface buildings. The construction will be performed under a building that is currently occupied and will continue to be occupied during construction.

When complete the well-guarded compound will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory — all wedged behind shock resistant doors — with radiation protection and massive security.

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