Strategic Defense

A Really Fun Way to Spend New Year's Eve

The nation's missile-warning specialists at the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs are as worried as anyone about potential Y2K problems, but it is Russia's defense and attack systems, not our own, that give them the jitters. To forestall any Strangelovian mishaps, NORAD intends to create a "joint confidence center" and has invited Russian officials to join them in mid-December at a scaled-down command post. If computer screens in Russia go dark or mistakenly signal a U.S. missile launch, their team here can flash the word home over a hot line that it's a false alarm before someone over...

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