How President Prepare for Armageddon

My Short Notes from the video

A bit more on the info-graphic

The Leadership must survive

After World War II, the US government plotted to ensure its leadership would survive a nuclear attack or other heavy catastrophe. The stealth plans, still active today, prescribed how the nation would preserve “continuity of government.”

3 Bunkers

The government created three main bunkers: 

  1. Raven Rock in Pennsylvania would become the new Pentagon if the original were destroyed.
  2. The president and cabinet would travel to the Mount Weather bunker in Virginia.
  3. Other senior officials would evacuate to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) complex, a city hidden inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado.

In an evacuation of Washington, DC, the federal government would break into 8 regional governments until the federation could regroup. The Federal Reserve would run the economy from a Virginia bunker. Which is why the Fed keeps $4 billion in cash (in unwanted $2 bills) in bunker vaults.

The Shortening of Decision Making Window

Since the 1940s, nuclear missiles have replaced bomber planes, shortening the warning period from hours to minutes. Hydrogen bombs supplanted atomic bombs and now number in the “tens of thousands.”

By the early 1960s, the government had narrowed its focus for survival to key senior officials, excluding even their families. Plans for preserving the government evolved alongside the nuclear threat. The government simplified the president’s ability to launch nuclear missiles, which includes removing all checks and balances. The president began traveling with the so-called football, the briefcase holding menus for ordering various nuclear actions.

Though the president can trigger the launch independently, humans carry out the orders. Historically, this has provided informal checks and balances.

With shorter and narrower decision making window, the decision making protocol needs to be improved and simplified to enable a much more informed decision being made in shorter time. September 11, 2001, provided a real-life test, and the results were poor. President George W. Bush followed protocol but drew public criticism for being “out of touch” during the crisis.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld defied evacuation orders so he could assist at the Pentagon crash site, becoming a public hero. A modified version of the plans might perform better today. The government bunkers are always staffed, so some people would survive an attack on the nation. But Americans may not like the resulting government.

So, for those of us whom are neither Americans or even believe that the 9/11 attack was an inside job, there are quite a number of lessons which we can draw from the video.

  1. Never rest on your laurel, always improve your procedure and skills.
  2. Always have back-up plans
  3. Always keeps / have emergency funds.
  4. Identify new risk and makes sure risks are assess accordingly. You really don’t want to be caught off-guard.
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