Russian Colonel prevented WW3 in 1983

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Russian Colonel prevented WW3 in 1983

Facinating article, here were were quietly going about our business, and at any time a computing fault could have blown the whole world to oblivion...

Gives hope for humanity when the people with their hands on the missiles are careful like this...

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Stanislav Evgrafovich Petrov (born c. 1939) is a retired Russian Army colonel who, on September 26, 1983, averted a potential nuclear war by refusing to accept that the United States had launched missiles against the USSR, despite the indications given by his computerized early warning systems.

The Soviet computer reports were later shown to have been in error, and Petrov is credited with preventing World War III and the devastation of much of the Earth by nuclear weapons.

Because of military secrecy and international policy, Petrov's actions were kept secret until 1998.

This incident is one of dozens of high-risk decisions that were made by strategic nuclear forces over the years of the Cold War, often at the last minute, by administrative personnel far from the chain of command.

It only became known much later due to military secrecy. The US certainly experienced similar events, and the USSR may have experienced others that remain unknown to this day.
By netchicken: posted on 19-1-2006

I don't even want to think about where we'd be today if it went the other way.
By YCON: posted on 19-1-2006

Yeah, I think there were close calls from the USA side as well.

We were all lucky to survive the 80's and 90's :)
By netchicken: posted on 19-1-2006

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