Command and control

09/10/2013

Titan launch (Image source: USAF)

The human face of nuclear weapons safety

Charles Strosser’s just published book “Command and Control: The Illusion of Nuclear Safety” is, in a word, excellent.

Having a background in both the military and system safety I can attest that he’s captured what working within a vast and regimented military industrial complex is like. For anyone wanting to get a feel for what the human face of maintaining nuclear safety in the cold war was like, I highly recommend his work; it paints a very human picture of how flawed organisations, imperfect designs and fallible people achieved the safety record that they did. And as Strosser notes in his end piece, those weapons have not gone away, they’re still there quietly waiting in bunkers, silos and missile tubes…