Death by ICBM was a near constant threat to both sides during the Cold War. America's answer: a long-range, phased-array early warning system designed to find, identify, and track these sea-launched ballistic missile threats. It worked so well, the Air Force still uses it.
Every once in a while, the Air Force launches a Minuteman III into the Pacific Ocean, just to make sure they still work. Important, because they're the only land ICBM we've got. Bad news: the most recent test failed miserably.
At a small United States Air Force installation in eastern Wyoming, I'm sitting at an electronic console, ready to unleash nuclear hell.
Yesterday we learnt that the Soviets still have a working doomsday system in place. This is an SS-17 ICBM master missile, which are launched first. Once they are in the skies, they activate the launch for all the Russian nukes.
Wired Magazine has a fascinating article on the doomsday system that was built by the Soviets 25 years ago. It was designed to obliterate the US no matter what happened to the USSR—and it still works today. Shiver.