Aug 15, 2022

For 15 Years, America’s Secret Nuclear Launch Codes Were “00000000”

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military, nuclear weapons

I heard they changed it to 80085.

By Wes O’Donnell Managing Editor, and U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Veteran. Speaker and Veteran Advocate.

Some say that truth is often stranger than fiction. According to a 2004 memo by Dr. Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman missile launch control officer, the U.S. Strategic Air Command (SAC) once intentionally set the launch codes at all Minuteman nuclear missile silos in the U.S. to a series of eight zeroes.

SAC’s goal was to minimize the time it would take to launch a retaliatory nuclear missile strike against the Soviet Union in the event of World War III breaking out. After all, forcing young Air Force officers to dial in launch codes of eight random numbers would just waste good nukin’ time.

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