posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 09:21 AM
The thermal bloom would be detected by a number of satellite's, anything with infrared sensors would see it. At the sign of a launch a veritable army
of people would know within minutes.
First you have the thermal bloom detections from infrared satellites. If we go for a scenario lets take a site outside Shenyang as launch point. It
would be detected about 15 seconds post-launch and located as part of a chinese missile complex. This information would be fed back to NORAD where
alarms would sound, the ranking official would pick up a gold coloured phone that goes straight to the NMCC in the pentagon. At the same time NORAD
would begin putting US Forces on alert status, spinning up ICBM's and notifying launch crews.
60 seconds after launch, 1000+ people know.
US Radar installations begin tracking, Cobra Dane at Shemya and PAVEPAWS installations at Beale AFB, CA begin preparations to track it.
After that the word begins to filter across Washington, Pentagon notifies POTUS & First Family are giving marching order. Marine One extraction units
begin taking off from Andrews AFB. Members of the cabinet, senate & house are prepared to be evacuated.
President looses control of all ABM's to NORAD who begin to fire at inbound, inbound intercepted off the canadian coast. With an inbound travelling
at 14,000 knots per minute this is extremely hard.
Media picks up on evacuation, sources reveal inbound missile. Media goes ape# and warns everyone.
within 10 minutes of a launch its quite possible that everyone with a TV or radio would know.
Theres always a leaker