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Originally posted by RegenmacherNuke ball only for premptive offensive strikes.
[Edited on 4-6-2004 by Regenmacher]
The "Black Book" is said to contain 75 pages of options, to be used against these four primary groups. The options are further devided into:
Major Attack Options, (MAO's)
Selected Attack Options, (SAO's)
Limited Attack Options (LAO's)
The SIOP also allows the President to select Regional Nuclear Options (RNO's) for use against enemy forces leading a conventional attack against US forces. These plans allow the President to execute the SIOP during an attack. He may decide to activate Launch on Warning (LOW) or Launch under Attack (LUA) plans in the event an actual nuclear attack.
Every new president is given a misleading briefing on the nuclear "football," writes Bruce G. Blair, a former nuclear launch control officer. "From the time of this highly classified orientation briefing given immediately upon his assumption of the presidency through the end of his tenure, a president is made to believe that he is the nuclear quarterback in control of the nuclear football and would call the shots in the event of a nuclear showdown or enemy missile attack. . . .
"What is misleading about the briefing is that the president's supporting command system is not actually geared to withhold retaliation in the event of enemy missile attack, real or apparent. . . .
"The bias in favor of launch on electronic warning is so powerful that it would take enormously more presidential will to withhold an attack than to authorize it. The option to 'ride out' the onslaught and then take stock of the proper course of action exists only on paper."
Originally posted by AD5673
Wait no one knew there even was such a thing? All world leadres who have nuclear weapons have this thing....
All world leadres who have nuclear weapons have this thing....
Originally posted by intrigue
WHY are the nuclear launch codes static?! Even some networks have passwords that change every minute or so based on an algorithm synchoronized to a small handheld device that displays the current password.
My question is WHY THE HECK are the nuclear launch codes static. Major security risk if you ask me.