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The Nation

The computerized heart of the nation’s nuclear warning system is becoming “increasingly obsolete,” with inadequate capacity to respond to an all-out attack, the U.S. comptroller general told Congress. At a House hearing, in which a civilian author described the nation’s nuclear command, control and communications system as a mess, Comptroller General Charles A. Bowsher said the Pentagon cannot complete installation of state-of-the-art computer equipment until 1992 at the earliest.


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