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The Man Who Saved the World

Postby Batman on Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:50 pm

There are few stories from the cold war more dramatic than that of Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov. After all, earning the nickname “the man who saved the world” doesn’t happen every day.

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Re: The Man Who Saved the World

Postby MajorG1000 on Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:48 am

Interesting article. I am surprised the Soviets didn't have a form of "Dual Phenomenology" as we did. It seems almost ludicrous that they wouldn't have some form of secondary check to verify and confirm a launch from the US. Perhaps they did...but that certainly wouldn't make quite as good of a story or headline, now would it? Notice too it is a Soviet, not an American, as such a story would be much harder verify in a nation that no longer exists. I have to question the authenticity of this story...or at least the man's recollection of events. The Comments by the "educated guessers" are priceless though.
I looked up Presidential Directive 59. Although it does allow the President to launch our missiles prior to an attack, it is much more of a "launch upon warning" directive than a "First Strike" initative. There are many layers of things that must happen before the President would be allowed to execute that directive, and I'm not certain that it would withstand scrutiny if challeneged today, if indeed it actually does still exist as part of our Nuclear Doctrine.
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