Saturday, January 20, 2018

A different kind of tweet*

“THE president has absolute authority, unilateral power to order the use of nuclear weapons,” said Bruce Blair. The nuclear codes are “the length of a tweet. It would take them one or two minutes to format and transmit that directly down the chain of command to the executing commanders of the underground launch centres, the submarines and the bombers.” While serving in the US Air Force in the 1970s, Blair was a launch control officer for Minuteman ICBMs. 

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