not The White House - White House parody website
not The White House - White House parody website
Home - not The White House

White House Tunnel System: West Wing Underground Command Bunker Project



White House Construction: The New West Wing Bunker

In 2010, the West Wing underground command center project secretly got underway. The construction equipment arrived and tall fences went up around the West Wing of the White House. An initial ill-conceived scheme to deceive the public about the true nature of the construction led to the widespread reporting of a mere "utility upgrade" project. However, the massive scope of the construction led to many questions and outrageous conspiracy theories.

While some officials in federal government agencies sought access to this secret information, most Americans were left in the dark. In a spirit of openness and transparency, the Obama Administration has decided to set the record straight.


  • White House West Wing construction site

    Construction site outside the West Wing of the White House in 2011

  • West Executive Avenue

    Construction equipment along West Executive Avenue

  • White House tunnel drilling

    Specialized equipment was brought in for deep drilling

  • Dump trucks remove dirt from White House

    Truckloads of dirt were continuously hauled away around the clock

  • White House emergency communications bunker

    The new underground command center is located adjacent to and under the West Wing

  • White House tunnel

    View of the the White House tunnel expansion work in progress

  • White House secret underground command and control bunker

    New White House underground command center under construction - January 2013

  • White House metro station in the secret White House tunnel system

    The White House station is centrally located in the underground tunnel system

  • White House underground subway train and railroad system

    Some locations along the line are also accessible via pedestrian walkways

  • White House tunnel system subway

    Undisclosed location along the White House Tunnel System

  • White House tunnel to US Capitol

    Escalator up to the U.S. Capitol from the White House Tunnel System


Building Our New West Wing Underground Command Center

Since the early 1960's, the need for a Deep Underground Command Center (DUCC) has been studied. This Top Secret 1963 memo outlined the requirements for the construction of a DUCC. Because of limits in technology at that time, the project was deferred. Fifty years later, the DUCC is finally becoming a reality.

The new underground command center serves two purposes: 1) To protect key people with sufficient staff and data to render critical decisions and 2) Ensure the survival of the facility to allow dissemination of these decisions. The DUCC can only serve this purpose if the President and his team can secretly relocate there on very short notice.

Unlike the old Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) which is currently located below the East Wing of the White House, the new secret command center will house its own massive communications data center that interfaces with all military, intelligence, and critical federal agency systems. For security purposes, the exact specifications of the this command bunker are classified.


Secret White House communications building


Before and After Photos of the Secret White House Construction Area

In 2007, a nondescript white building was constructed adjacent to the West Wing. The building is visible in the above photo, located on the far right. During the previous Bush Administration, this building did not officially exist. However, in the spirit of openness and transparency, the purpose of this mysterious structure can finally be revealed: it contained the initial buildout of the DUCC communications data center and was secretly relocated underground when the publicly visible aspect of the massive construction project was completed in 2012.

The first photo below shows the West Wing construction area in 2010 with the secret white building visible above ground. The second photo shows the completed construction area at the end of 2012 with the white building removed. Click on the photo to view a larger version of it.


Before and after photos of secret White House construction


Temporary Relocation of the Oval Office Postponed

Much of the West Wing of the White House, including the Oval Office, was going to be relocated to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to allow for the installation of the wiring, elevators, and secret entrances to the new command center below them. Due to public curiosity and concerns over cost, the relocation plan was postponed until the next administration, which has unexpectedly worked out perfectly since incoming President-Elect Trump probably won't be spending much time in there anyways.

It is imperative that the President be able to safely evacuate to the command bunker below without having to leave the Oval Office. The existing trap door under the President's desk leading down to the Secret Service "Horsepower" command post in the basement of the West Wing will be modified to allow presidential passage directly to the new underground command bunker.

A second Oval Office will be built in the south end of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The Secret Service is working closely with the construction crews providing top secret security specifications for the windows, walls, and access points for the President's new workplace.

Secret Oval Office emergency escape trap door under desk
President Obama checks out the trap door beneath the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office


Presidential Executive Command and Control System Relocation.

Obama sitting at PC accessing national security programs Currently, the President has access to a large suite of Executive Command and Control applications via a PC located in his personal study outside the Oval Office.

Some of these applications include the Cyber Warfare Command and Online Nuclear Launch Codes. For enhanced security, the access point for these important national security applications will eventually be relocated to the new West Wing underground command center.



Continuity of Government - The President's Doomsday Plan

The White House has developed a comprehensive Continuity of Government Plan to ensure that our nation will continue to function in the event of a catastrophic national emergency. To prepare for this unthinkable event, the new West Wing underground command center will function as an "underground White House". A tunnel will connect the new executive command center with the PEOC under the East Wing.

The complex logistics of evacuating key executive agencies located in our nation's capital include a fleet of specialized vans and trucks that can be dispatched on a moment's notice to secret campgrounds located within the Shenandoah Valley and in nearby federal park lands in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania containing underground hardened facilities and emergency communication systems.

Visit our new Continuity of Government (COG) web page for details about this important plan.



The White House Tunnel System

Historic photo of the construction of the White House Tunnel System

Work first began on the secret White House underground tunnel system back in early 1950 under the Truman administration. The White House was deteriorating and it was determined that massive reconstruction was required.

President Truman relocated to the nearby Blair House for three years while the interior of the White House was completely rebuilt with concrete and steel beams.

It was during this time period that forward-thinking engineers came up with the plan to construct a massive underground secret network of tunnels and bunkers to provide the President and his staff the ability to quickly relocate during an emergency in the dawn of the Cold War era.

The Secret Metro Tunnels

The Washington Metro is a subway system that serves the Washington DC area. It "officially" has 106 miles of track serving 86 stations in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. Planning for the Metro system began in the 1950s during the height of the cold war. President Eisenhower created a secret rail planning commission that directed the development of a secondary secret underground rail system built alongside the public one.

This secret tunnel system currently connects the White House to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door, the New Executive Office Building (NEOB), the bunker under the Blair House, the bunker under the VP Residence at the Naval Observatory, a hotel near the White House, the U.S. Capitol, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, the Pentagon, the State Department, and some other federal buildings in between. There is also a secret train that runs between DC's Union Station and Mt. Weather and is under the protection of the TSA Federal Air Marshals.

Long-term plans call for the expansion of the White House tunnel system to go south past the Pentagon; west past the CIA to Mount Weather; and north past Camp David up to Site R in Pennsylvania. The estimated completion date and exact route of this ambitious tunnel expansion plan remains classified.


Planned White House Tunnel System Expansion Map

White House Tunnel System map



Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

White House East Wing PEOC The PEOC was built six stories below ground under the East Wing to provide the President with a secure meeting place in the event of an emergency. Access to the PEOC is by an elevator located behind multiple vault-type doors with biometric access control systems.

On September 11, 2001, President Bush met with his National Security Council in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center. Photos of this secret location were published for the first time following this extraordinary gathering.

While the exact specification of this emergency Presidential bunker is classified, it is built to withstand a direct nuclear hit.



Meetings in the PEOC and Executive Briefing Room

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to make this White House the most open and transparent in history, we've released over three million White House Visitor Access records including the ones below related to meetings held in the PEOC (click below to view the report)

PEOC and White House bunker reports



A Year of Secret Searches

In the spirit of openness and transparency, the Obama Administration is shining a light onto this secret underground world by releasing 12 months worth of interesting U.S. Government internet searches to the American People.

*None of the above agencies approved, endorsed, or authorized this website. IP addresses have been partially redacted.

The above data comes from the Statcounter analytics program which was utilized to surreptitiously record the U.S. Government's visits to this website. This information was provided by the United States Domestic Surveillance Directorate under the Obama Administration's "Relax, it's Just Metadata (RIJM)" program, which is also known in the Intelligence Community as "Who needs content when you have metadata?"




Related Pages on this Website



White House Construction Video - The Big Dig



Nope, this is not the official website of The White House. It's a parody of  No person, department, or agency of the U.S. Government approved, endorsed, or authorized this site. No animals were harmed while making this website (except maybe that one time when I was a little late feeding my dog his dinner).
About this Website                    Copyright Information                      Privacy Policy