Command and Control

Command and Control is a 2013 book by Eric Schlosser on the history of mishaps with nuclear weapons that was hidden from the public, particularly the Damascus Accident. It describes how close we came to a major nuclear weapons accident on many occasions, through a combination of poor communication, computer error, broken authority structures, and the over-classification of information.  (amazon)

Schlosser discusses the book in this New America Foundation presentation:

Mike Tyson: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.


One Point Safe weapons trade safety for reliability.

Normal Accident Theory is a way of thinking about accidents that assumes accidents will happen but tries to make them less dangerous.

Nuclear weapons suffer from the Always-Never design dichotomy.

The Castle Bravo Miscalculation is one such nuclear weapons error.

Source: Command and Control


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