posted on Nov, 28 2002 @ 12:52 PM
Date: Tues, 16 Jan 96
Subject: 'Doomsday Machine' Created By Soviets In USSR's Last Days Still In Russian Arsenal
In the confusing and final years of the USSR, the Soviet leadership forgot (?!) to warn the West of the existence of the ultimate weapon system --
a system of terrifying power which would automatically send nuclear weapons shrieking toward the United States should nuclear weapons attack Russia,
according to a story in the January edition of Jane's Intelligence Review (JIR), the threat assessment journal.
According to the story, the system was devised in the late 1970's and was intended to make the Soviet Union invulnerable to a US first strike which
could eliminate top USSR leadership and leave the Soviets unable to retaliate.
Prior to the existence of the system, it was unclear what would happen if the Soviet leadership was "decapitated" by such a US first strike, as only
the top Soviet officials new the codes to launch a nuclear attack. The "doomsday" system would automatically initiate the retaliatory nuclear launch
Only in the past few years have details of this "doomsday" system began to emerge. JIR Special correspondent Steven Zaloga looks at the nature of
the "doomsday" device and describes what remains of the system 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.
[Edited on 28-11-2002 by mad scientist]