5 Jan

Military History Now

Forget that tired old Mayan prophecy that supposedly predicts some world-ending natural disaster happening this coming Friday. At several points over the past 50 years, the world’s super powers have nearly ended all life on this planet all on their own. Besides the well-studied Cuban Missile Crisis, there have been a number of lesser known crises, communication errors and computer glitches that have very nearly precipitated nuclear war: either small regional exchanges or full out global armageddon. Here are a few of the scarier of these incidents.

Fatal Error: The Computer Hiccup That Nearly Ended the World
A buggy hard drive deep in the bowels of NORADs headquarters nearly fooled the United States into launching a full retaliatory strike on a bogus Soviet sneak attack. Just before 9 a.m. local time, on Nov. 9, 1979,  computer displays at the Colorado mountain complex, as well as the Pentagon, Strategic Air Command…

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