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11060Re: [coldwarcomms] Re: Boeing EC-135 Looking Glass aircraft

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  • John Young
    Nov 3, 2006
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      Steve Bellovin's orginal URL for the PAL crypto study appears dead.
      Archive.org shows it was last archived in December 2005 (up since 1998):


      A related study of arming and fuzing nuclear weapons by Chuck Hansen in
      Swords of Armageddon:


      And the US Air Force offers several document nuclear weapons surety that
      describe some of the safety and arming features. One of them:


      These are all from the late 1990s.

      These reports that accidental detonation is a continuing investigation and
      development in response to international and public fears -- and human
      frailty of political leaders, military commanders and personnel handling the
      godawful devices.

      Against these fears is the military's demand that safety systems must not
      interfere with rapid response needs. Chuck Hansen's report discusses
      these conflicting requirements and the technical and educational responses
      to them with increasingly sophisticated mechanical and electronic weapons
      arming controls, and, not least, emulating Oppenheimer's and other atomic
      physicists urgings, to persuade those in charge of nuclear weapons that
      wars cannot be won with them.

      Accidental detonation remains the least of the threat compared to the
      continuing terrorism they engender by official policy as from the first
      days of the atomic doomsday era.

      This brings up a candidate for the reading list to complement that
      of chestbeating kind: American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy
      of J. robert Oppenheimer. This recounts the sad consequence of
      paranoid politicians and power-mad militarists manipulation of
      public fears to overbuild nuclear armaments during the Cold War
      and foster a generation of terrified publics around the globe.

      Today's picayune terrorists are small fry by comparison with
      the giants still robbing national treasuries while spreading fear
      as diversion. Perhaps some day fiction wil catch up to this
      banditry, but that will probably not be done by Tom Clancy and
      others making a bundle off perpetuating the need for heroic
      defenses against chimeras of national security threats, in
      secret and camouflaged by lots of smoke.

      At 10:22 AM 11/3/2006 -0500, you wrote:

      > That's Permissive Action Links.
      > Steve Bellovin has studied the history of them:
      > <http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=permissive+action+link
      > s+bellovin>http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=permissive+a
      > ction+links+bellovin
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