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We have spent 70 years stripping away every check and balance from the president's ability to launch nuclear war.

Garrett Graff Director of Cyber Initiatives, Aspen Digital, Aspen Institute; Columni...
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The US Government’s Doomsday Plans

The US Government’s Doomsday Plans

Show Notes

For 60 years, the US government has been laying secret doomsday plans to save itself in the event of nuclear war — even while the rest of us die. Today, a third generation of doomsday planners are settling into life inside a network of bunkers that are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to house top government officials in the event of catastrophe. How did these Cold War-era plans come together, how have they evolved over time, and how prepared are we for a worst-case scenario? Featuring Garrett Graff, author of "Raven Rock" and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology Program, and Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.


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