HAARP facility shuts down and will be dismantled, I WONDER WHY?
July 16, 2013 – The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) â€” a subject of fascination for many hams and the target of conspiracy theorists and anti-government activists â€” has closed down. HAARPâ€™s program manager, Dr James Keeney at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, told ARRL that the sprawling 35-acre ionospheric research facility in remote Gakona, Alaska, has been shuttered since early May.
â€śCurrently the site is abandoned,â€ť he said. â€śIt comes down to money. We donâ€™t have any.â€ť Keeney said no one is on site, access roads are blocked, buildings are chained and the power turned off. HAARPâ€™s website through the University of Alaska no longer is available; Keeney said the program canâ€™t afford to pay for the service. â€śEverything is in secure mode,â€ť he said, adding that it will stay that way at least for another 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime a new prime contractor will be coming on board to run the government owned-contractor operated (GOCO) facility.
HAARP put the world on notice two years ago that it would be shutting down and did not submit a budget request for FY 15, Keeney said, â€śbut no one paid any attention.â€ť Now, he says, theyâ€™re complaining. â€śPeople came unglued,â€ť Keeney said, noting that heâ€™s already had inquiries from Congress. Universities that depended upon HAARP research grants also are upset, he said.
The only bright spot on HAARPâ€™s horizon right now is that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is expected on site as a client to finish up some research this fall and winter. DARPA has nearly $8.8 million in its FY 14 budget plan to research â€śphysical aspects of natural phenomena such as magnetospheric sub-storms, fire, lightning and geo-physical phenomena.â€ť