The petrifying return of nuclear anxiety

Thinking the unthinkable, again

A duck and cover drill.
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The world might end with a mistake.

New computers or sensor equipment could generate unreliable data, for example. Perhaps a military exercise, intended to simulate the outbreak of war, could be perceived as the real thing. A breakdown in communications might leave officers in the field uncertain of their orders. Or a rogue general or political faction could hijack crucial units or weapons without the approval of their governments.

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