Julian Burger, the global affairs editor of the British newspaper “The Guardian”, produced a report in which he talked about nuclear simulation testing, similar to what the US president would do in the event of a nuclear crisis.
In his statement to the newspaper, Burger said the “nuclear biscuit” was a simulation that would allow US officials to experience the simulation of a missile attack and realize the catastrophic consequences of their choices.
The Guardian editor began by talking about his experience: “It’s clear that things are getting worse these days, and precisely the most moderate option I’ve ever had involving killing at least five million people.”
He continued: “I could have killed up to 45 million people if I had chosen the detailed alternatives described in the three papers, but it was hard to focus on the details because people were shouting at me through headphones and through the screens in front of me.”
Burger explained that he was conducting an experiment that simulated what the US president should do in the event of a nuclear crisis: decide the lives of millions, and perhaps life on the planet, with incomplete information and to a lesser extent. More than 15 minutes.
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He was sitting behind the president’s desk in the Oval Office, and television was reporting on the deployment of Russian troops, but quietly, someone told him that the National Security Adviser was late for their meeting.
Burger tried to divert his attention to the message, but a few seconds later a siren sounded and a bald man in a black uniform and glasses appeared to the left of the door, telling Burger about his simulation.
A woman’s voice came to him, “Mr. President, we have a national emergency. Please follow the military officer immediately.” The officer then took him to a wooden elevator hidden behind a wall, and they began to descend.
Burger said the virtual reality simulation was developed by a team from Princeton University in the United States and the University of Hamburg in Germany, based on extensive research, including interviews with former officials about what would happen if the United States were to be attacked. Or believed to be subject to it.
After a small card with the president’s opening codes, the group named the project “Nuclear Biscuit.”
It has been tested by nuclear weapons experts and former officials in Washington for the past few days.
“You’re getting into that simulation, you’re getting another person out,” said Richard Burt, the U.S. negotiator leading the arms control negotiations in the Soviet Union.
“I can understand what he’s saying because I had the whole horrible 15 minutes,” Burger added.
He continued, “I got out of the elevator to the underground operating room with my military aide, and I was not surrounded by advisers. His job is to carry a ‘nuclear football’ bag containing plans and (card) cookies. ”
As he sat down, his headphones began to tell him the situation, and early warning sensors detected 299 missiles fired into Russia, with full confidence that he believed they were destined for the ICBM pits on the American mainland and mostly in the northwest.
Just as one voice tells Burger that 2 million Americans will be killed, another – this time an undercover service officer – tells him that helicopters are coming to evacuate him.
Burger had trouble understanding every detail due to the siren, and realized he was the commander and took a few minutes to stop it.
A general of the Strategic Command appeared on one of the screens in front of him and said he did not have much time to make a decision and looked at the digital clock on the conference desk, which was said to be 12 minutes and 44 seconds. .
“If you do not make a decision before the zero-time strike, we will lose the entire ICBM range,” the general said, in a voice indicating that he had already overthrown the nation.
The quiet military aide opened the football bag and gave the burger three options to respond, but after the first missiles arrived he ordered an attack on the remaining Russian arsenal and confirmed that they were under real attack.
After his death at that time, it was suggested that the missile power should be vested in the Vice President.
What happens next is deliberately ambiguous, while the simulation ends with the military aide displaying the codes needed to issue launch orders.
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