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The Russian Nuclear Button
Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | 5/27/2010 | David E. Hoffman

Posted on 05/28/2010 9:42:04 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Edited on 05/28/2010 10:24:40 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

In the event of a nuclear missile attack on Russia, three hard-shell briefcases filled with electronics are set to alert their holders simultaneously. Inside each is a portable terminal, linked to the command and control network for Russia's strategic nuclear forces. One of them accompanies the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, wherever he goes. It is known as the Cheget, and allows the president to monitor a missile crisis, make decisions, and transmit those decisions to the military. It's similar to the nuclear "football" that accompanies the American president.


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: ballisticmissile; coldwar; missiles; nuclearbriefcase; nuclearbutton; nuclearfootball; nuclearwar; nuclearwarfare; russia; russianmilitary; russianmissile; snf; sovietunion; strategicmissile; ussr

1 posted on 05/28/2010 9:42:05 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: mowowie; Captain Beyond

Ping


2 posted on 05/28/2010 9:43:21 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Somehow, in the event of an emergency, I think Putin would find a way to manage.


3 posted on 05/28/2010 9:44:43 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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The system is named after Mount Cheget in Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia


4 posted on 05/28/2010 9:45:07 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove; fieldmarshaldj

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmCKJi3CKGE


5 posted on 05/28/2010 9:45:38 PM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Waits to the last paragraph to mention Perimeter. I sure hope we have something similar in place.

Arbatov does not raise it, but in my book The Dead Hand, I describe a Soviet-era system for guaranteed retaliation to a nuclear attack. The system, put on combat duty in the 1980s, about the same time as the Cheget briefcases, is called Perimeter. In a doomsday scenario, if the leadership is wiped out and nuclear attack is underway, the decision about whether to launch nuclear missiles would fall to a group of surviving duty officers in a deep underground bunker. The system still exists. It is another bit of leftover business from the Cold War that ought not be neglected.

6 posted on 05/28/2010 10:04:53 PM PDT by OCC
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To: sonofstrangelove

The current political situation in the world does not require high readiness, and Putin probably decided that he doesn’t want another officer with another piece of hardware to follow him around. The only situation requiring massive retaliatory launch would be in case of the US attack, and there is zero chance of that happening. (Well, it was zero under Bush, and is probably negative under Obama :-) China is also not likely to attack Russia. Small fry like NK (or even Pakistan) have no capability to warrant a nuclear retaliation within minutes. Basically Russia has no major enemies at this time.


7 posted on 05/28/2010 10:05:22 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: OCC

It exists.The network is centered at Mt. Yamantau


8 posted on 05/28/2010 10:08:07 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: Perdogg

Funniest part of that scene “Our source was the New York Times”. Some things never change.


9 posted on 05/28/2010 10:08:36 PM PDT by OCC
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To: OCC

I noticed that.


10 posted on 05/28/2010 10:09:46 PM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Very interesting.. never heard of that place before.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Yamantau


11 posted on 05/28/2010 10:13:33 PM PDT by OCC
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To: sonofstrangelove

I don’t think the Russians have to worry about nuclear missiles launched by the US. A few of the red states, however...


12 posted on 05/28/2010 10:15:46 PM PDT by sig226 (Mourn this day, the death of a great republic. March 21, 2010)
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To: OCC

Bill Gertz mentioned it in one of his books in 1996. Curt Weldon was doing hearings on this in the 1990s. The whole “Dead Hand” system resembles the US Emergency Rocket Communications System.


13 posted on 05/28/2010 10:17:36 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove; All
You men can't fight in here...this is the war room!
14 posted on 05/28/2010 10:19:36 PM PDT by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: OCC

Yeah, that was pretty funny.


15 posted on 05/28/2010 10:21:46 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: sonofstrangelove

hussein recently said exactly how many warheads we have.. Have China or Russia done so in ‘diplomatic’ terms?


16 posted on 05/28/2010 10:29:03 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: Tolsti2

No I can give you a rough estimate of how many Russia has.As of July 2009, the Russian strategic forces included 608 strategic delivery platforms, which can carry up to 2683 nuclear warheads.

This is from the 2009 issue of the “Russian Strategic Rocket Forces” annual book.


17 posted on 05/28/2010 10:31:46 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: Tolsti2

Although the total number of nuclear weapons in the Chinese arsenal is unknown, as of 200 estimates vary from as low as 80 to as high as 2000. Nobody really knows because of the strict secrecy of the PLA.


18 posted on 05/28/2010 10:35:55 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove; OCC

http://www.wired.com/politics/security/magazine/17-10/mf_deadhand?currentPage=all

Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine


19 posted on 05/28/2010 10:45:26 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

Since nuclear missiles are largely computerized minus well put the entire nuclear command and control under computer control with human supervision.


20 posted on 05/28/2010 11:06:00 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Bold)
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To: sonofstrangelove

We also do not know much about Russia’s new nuclear weapons. We only know about those that existed in 1992. Newer strategic nukes and tactical nukes (numbers therof) are still considered state secrets of Russia.


21 posted on 06/01/2010 9:50:11 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Thunder90

There is this guy(who I know) gives the best estimates of their cabilitity.


22 posted on 06/01/2010 10:04:07 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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