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Military history September 28, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in history.
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Like Calvin’s cartoon about how there is so much to do that you are always behind, I think there is so much out there to just read, know and watch, I would be dead before I do it all πŸ˜€ . Here is this amazing thing I read today – today being the Petrov Day. And why ? Because Mr. Petrov pretty much saved the world from extinction back in 1983.

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Meanwhile, military history is interesting, filled with things that would have had definite and significant impact on our lives. Yet, its so vast, I feel hopeless to even begin reading it up seriously. Of course, we mostly read not so become experts and have exhaustive knowledge, but to just enjoy the process and the momentary kicks and highs. Here is one from Wikipedia entry for Able archer.

Thus, on November 2, 1983, as Soviet intelligence services were attempting to detect the signs of a nuclear strike, NATO began to simulate one. The exercise, codenamed Able Archer, involved numerous NATO allies and simulated NATO’s Command, Control, and Communications (CΒ³) procedures during a nuclear war. It probably emulated the Pentagon’s Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) which, at the time, named 25,000 military targets, 15,000 industrial targets, and 500 targets associated with Soviet leadership. Some Soviet leadership, because of the preceding world events and the exercise’s particularly realistic nature, believed β€” in accordance with Soviet military doctrine β€” that the exercise may have been a cover for an actual attack.

Those numbers I thought were mind-bogglingly insane – cataloging such a huge list of very specific places in a foreign country.

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1. Ganesh Nayak - October 8, 2007

Recently I got addicted to Wikipedia. And after some days I had the same thought as you did – “I think there is so much out there to just read, know and watch, I would be dead before I do it all”

2. Sharath Rao - October 8, 2007

U bet πŸ™‚


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