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Originally posted by Seekerof
And look where all that bravado got the Russians today..........
DOOMSDAY MACHINE PART OF ARSENAL
DATE - AUGUST 1993
Russia's nuclear arsenal could be launched by computer should the country's military commanders die or become unable to direct the battle, an American expert says. The doomsday computer system, which was sucessfully tested in 1984, was meant to prevent a sudden nuclear strike from paralyzing the Soviet arsenal, Bruce G. Blair wrote in an op-ed piece in today's New York Times.
The idea of machines starting a nuclear war, one of the darkest fears of the nuclear era, has been portrayed in movies such as "War Games".
The Russian system is designed to be switched on by military commanders in a crisis, and in theory, would initiate action only if its sensors detected a nuclear attack on Moscow, Blair said. The system would work with little or no human oversight, sending coded messages thousands of miles to military forces and launching missiles with no human assistance, Blair said. It is, by nature, prone to error, he said.
Blair, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, based his conclusions on interviews with Russians who developed the system and Americans who corroborated key details.
The United States has its own version of this type of "doomsday machine", Blair wrote. The American system has less technical gagetry but gives launching authority to a greater number of military commanders.
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
I also heard about this "Doom Day" weapon the Russians had created though I never knew it was in a ship. I just assumed it was underground somewhere in Russia. If I remember what I was told about it, it wasnt so much of a bomb more of just a system to spread so much radioactive material into earths atmosphere that it would kill every human on earth. Somewhat like the worlds biggest dirty bomb.
Originally posted by PolskieWojsko
There may be a new revolution in Russia within the next two decades... possibly in other eastern european countries as well.
The standard of living is falling... more and more people are going hungry. Capitalism is failing... people will start to question this system. The air is ripe for revolution. It's only a matter of time.
Hopefully it will be a peaceful communist one, and not a dictatorship that claims to be socialist. All it takes is another Lenin, to capture the hearts of the people.