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Posted: 4/20/2016 7:50:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/20/2016 7:58:05 PM EDT by S_A_C]
Just a random thought, it's been rumored that the Soviets built some kind of a nuclear dead mans switch called "dead hand" or "perimeter" that in the event of a nuclear attack would automatically launch all of the Soviet's nukes. It is also rumored that the thing still works, think there is any truth to it? Think we ever built anything simular that would automatically broadcast the launch codes in the event of a decapitation strike taking out the entire National Command Authority?
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:52:13 PM EDT
They'd and we'd be fools not to have something like that.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:53:31 PM EDT
Was it made? Almost definitely.

Now the question is how does some whack job get their sticky fingers on it so the movie starts?
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:54:32 PM EDT
I think its called the stranger
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:57:32 PM EDT
if I recall, there was a rocket launch in Sweden or someplace - weather research, That almost triggered an automatic nuclear launch by the Russians.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 7:57:40 PM EDT


BIGGER_HAMMER
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:01:06 PM EDT


This idea is not a practical deterrent.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:01:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 8:02:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By S_A_C:
Just a random thought, it's been rumored that the Soviets built some kind of a nuclear dead mans switch called "dead hand" or "perimeter" that in the event of a nuclear attack would automatically launch all of the Soviet's nukes. It is also rumored that the thing still works, think there is any truth to it? Think we ever built anything simular that would automatically broadcast the launch codes in the event of a decapitation strike taking out the entire National Command Authority?
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YES, we did build the ERCS... Basically a Minuteman Missle without a Nuclear Payload but instead a UHF repeater that could broadcast in Low Space the orders to Launch to the US Nuclear Forces...

LINK to ERCS

BIGGER_HAMMER
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 9:44:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/20/2016 9:47:40 PM EDT by FlyingGorilla]
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YES, we did build the ERCS... Basically a Minuteman Missle without a Nuclear Payload but instead a UHF repeater that could broadcast in Low Space the orders to Launch to the US Nuclear Forces...

LINK to ERCS

BIGGER_HAMMER
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Originally Posted By Bigger_Hammer:
Originally Posted By S_A_C:
Just a random thought, it's been rumored that the Soviets built some kind of a nuclear dead mans switch called "dead hand" or "perimeter" that in the event of a nuclear attack would automatically launch all of the Soviet's nukes. It is also rumored that the thing still works, think there is any truth to it? Think we ever built anything simular that would automatically broadcast the launch codes in the event of a decapitation strike taking out the entire National Command Authority?



YES, we did build the ERCS... Basically a Minuteman Missle without a Nuclear Payload but instead a UHF repeater that could broadcast in Low Space the orders to Launch to the US Nuclear Forces...

LINK to ERCS

BIGGER_HAMMER


Not to mention PACS, Looking Glass, Night Watch, Alternate National Military Command Center and the Swanny birds.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 10:00:13 PM EDT
Weren't half of their ICBMs fake or defective? Makes you wonder if this dead hand thing would even work?
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 10:04:33 PM EDT
It absolutely does exist!

Don't tell anyone, but....

If my Wife sneaks a fart out at night while I'm sleeping, I LAUNCH !!!!!


NOW THATS A DETERRENT BUDDY!!!


She does not fart around THIS GUY! Does not break that peace treaty, no Sir!!!
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 10:11:58 PM EDT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Hand_(nuclear_war)#Current_use

In 2011, the commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, Sergey Karakaev, in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, confirmed the operational state of the Perimeter assessment and communication system.[17] The "combat readiness" of this system was again confirmed in November 2015 by the Rossiiskaya Gazeta, as reported by the BBC.[citation needed]
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Link Posted: 4/20/2016 10:14:12 PM EDT
If you're going to build a deadman's switch like that you must be absolutely sure that the other side *knows* you have it, otherwise it is worthless.


I don't think they ever had such a thing.


Besides, given the reliability of Soviet technology, if they did have it, it would have surely blown us all to hell by now.


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