Nuclear war can't be controlled

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In the Cold War, American nuclear war plans were predicated on limited and selective employment of nuclear weapons in any major conflict with the Soviet Union. The Command and Control systems required to manage a nuclear war, and to prevent limited use of nuclear weapons into escalating into all-out nuclear exchanges, would collapse at a relatively early stage of any nuclear conflict. Whereas there are a variety of measures that can be taken to provide high confidence in the survivability of the nuclear forces themselves, these cannot be applied to Command and Control.

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