Julie and Dr Strangelove

One of the perks of working in a used book store is coming across the most random things. One of those things that caught my attention was a September 1981 Office of Technology Assessment Guide on MX Missile Basing. Without getting too far ahead of myself (but still allowing you to know what the Jeeves I’m talking about) the MX missile system was an attempt to create an ICBM that was not solely based on large nuclear submarines or in concrete bunkers, as the former were too expensive and the latter were constantly targeted by Soviet missiles.
There are two things to be taken as assumptions here; one, this is a Congressional publication and as such was written for the lowest common denominator. Think I’m kidding? Check this out. Secondly, I’m pretty jaded when it comes to such things and have a pretty healthy interest in all things military. I’ve been on record as “missing the Cold War.” That’s a whole ‘nother story, neither here nor there. These assumptions in place, this book is both the funniest and scariest thing that I’ve picked up in quite some time.
That is to say, so messed up that it’s my obligation to read through the entirety of the 335 page document and share my findings with the blogging community. Look for (semi) regular updates on it as I struggle to finish a project while jostling a busy life of slacker-dom. If you would like to read along, locate yourself a copy of OTA-ISC-140 from your preferred used book retailer.
Here’s a hook to keep you coming back. Flipping through this has already made me understand exactly how missile defense “works.” Emphasis on the quotes. Intrigued? Some am I!

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