How to secure nuclear launch sites deep underground and quit the 4IR arms race

The Soviet Union had superior conventional military power compared to Western Europe during Cold War 1, but we relied on nuclear weapons to protect constitutional democracies against totalitarian threats. Mass surveillance and omnipresent IoT sensors were not necessary. Cold War 2, however, is more tricky because of 4IR (fourth industrial revolution) weapons, but there is a way to secure nuclear launch sites:

America, England and France should each build several hundred (or thousand) very deep and gigantic halls underground where operators of nuclear weapons can live in total isolation for 2-3 months, like submarine crews. The first 10 weeks they live in quarantine, with many body screenings, before spending 2 weeks in active service in the control room. The rotation is totally random, and the secret selection of new officers is relatively random too, so that if 90% of the control rooms are neutralized by “sleeper cell” nanobots inside the bodies of the crew, there will still be 20-30 sites left in England and France, plus several hundred sites in America, that can fire hypersonic missiles with multiple highly advanced nuclear warheads.

The walls of the underground halls should have thousands of different layers, with sensors that detect if nanobots try to penetrate them all to get inside. The ventilation system should have thousands of filters that change between 1) letting oxygen molecules through, and 2) only allowing smaller molecules access to the next filtering chamber, where they are flushed out, before the air molecules access the chamber, while the filter behind them blocks even the smallest of weaponized particles.

The challenge is to distinguish true air molecules from nanobots that have the exact shape and size as air molecules, but some chemical process should be able to detect the bots, I guess…

The halls should be large enough to (almost) create the impression that one is outside, in nature; an illusion that can be created with the help of special lightning, blue-painted ceilings, and huge digital screens. It will be a very boring military service, but the crew can have the best food, the best entertainment, the best pre-recorded education programs, a large swimming pool with waves, a skateboard park, and a downhill area for snowboarding. Maybe they can stay there comfortably for 6 or 12 months? With a million bucks waiting for them outside, as a reward for doing one year service, it should not be that difficult to recruit people.

A nuclear system like the above, or something similar, should make it safe for the West to basically drop all 4IR tech. Why stop using it? Because much of this new dual-use tech can (indirectly) be exploited by domestic elites to destroy constitutional democracies from within.

If you trust that Western governments can keep 4IR tech out of the hands of the enemy, read this Wired article:

China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years

“MORE THAN FOUR years after a mysterious group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers began wantonly leaking secret NSA hacking tools onto the internet, the question that debacle raised—whether any intelligence agency can prevent its “zero-day” stockpile from falling into the wrong hands—still haunts the security community. That wound has now been reopened, with evidence that Chinese hackers obtained and reused another NSA hacking tool years before the Shadow Brokers brought it to light.”

Finally, this article is just my 50 cents contribution to the debate about security in the age of 4IR. It’s obvious that no armchair strategist like myself can “know it all”, so contributions from many others are necessary when discussing this complex topic.

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