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    Command and Control

    Command and Control

    by Eric Schlosser (Allen Lane)In the early hours of September 1980 in a small town in Arkansas, a missile repairmen was carrying out routine maintenance on a Titan II missile, the most powerful missile in the US’ nuclear arsenal. A socket slipped from his wrench and fell 70 feet below before piercing the fuel tank. His first thought was ‘This is not good’. What followed was a race against time to prevent a nuclear explosion that could have incinerated the state of Arkansas. This was just one incident in an ongoing pattern of near-misses and bureaucratic blunders that have brought ...


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