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  1. #1 Total war & how we're gonna lose 
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    It'll start with cyberwarfare
    destroying our power grids, financial infrastructure, and military networks
    and then comes the germ warfare, overloading our medical abilities

    first, you lose your money, then the water doesn't flow-----it's a bad day, then the power grid fails. You drive out and need gas, but the pumps don't work. Out of gas cars litter the roads. People turn despondent, then savage. And, everything you took for granted is gone.
    Then the germs come, and our for profit medical infrastructure cannot/will not reach out to control the epidemics.
    The entire infrastructure falls apart within days. The military is completely befuddled by conflicting commands from legitimate chains of command and cyber seemingly legitimate commands which conflict every possible response.

    Cold, tired, hungry, broke and sick........We look out on the world we once thought we knew with hollow vacant eyes.


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    Sounds similar to a movie plot for any zombie apocalypse, minus the cyberwarefare.


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    There's no way to prevent MADD. It is mutual, and it is assured. Only an enemy totally unafraid of annihilation would be able to do something like this, and they would be wiped out for their trouble.

    My bet is that the military has a backup plan and reserve supplies to allow it to operate autonomously, and independent of the economy for a limited period of time. (Long enough to retaliate, at least.) One likes to hope that maybe they also have some kind of backup plan in case their electronics go down. It's probably classified, though. For what it's worth, I know they still train navy guys to navigate by the stars using a wrist watch and a sextant, in case they lost GPS and stuff. (Saw it on a history channel documentary.)

    We'd take a long time to recover, but after our nukes reach their targets, there'd be pretty much nothing left of them. So no worry about a follow up invasion.
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    Mutually Assured Destruction: MAD. I'm curious about what your second "D" stood for...

    Mutually Assured Destruction n' DEATH
    Mutually Assured Destruction Devices
    Mutually Assured Destruction Diagrams
    Mutually Assured Destruction Dementia
    Mutually Assured Destruction Dwarves

    ...Ok, I can't figure it out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    It'll start with cyberwarfare
    destroying our power grids, financial infrastructure, and military networks
    and then comes the germ warfare, overloading our medical abilities

    first, you lose your money, then the water doesn't flow-----it's a bad day, then the power grid fails. You drive out and need gas, but the pumps don't work. Out of gas cars litter the roads. People turn despondent, then savage. And, everything you took for granted is gone.
    Then the germs come, and our for profit medical infrastructure cannot/will not reach out to control the epidemics.
    The entire infrastructure falls apart within days. The military is completely befuddled by conflicting commands from legitimate chains of command and cyber seemingly legitimate commands which conflict every possible response.

    Cold, tired, hungry, broke and sick........We look out on the world we once thought we knew with hollow vacant eyes.
    That's a very half glass empty attitude towards the end of the world. For me, it’ll be about not having to pay my taxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neverfly View Post
    mutually assured destruction: Mad. I'm curious about what your second "d" stood for...
    Ducks!
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    Mutually assured death and destruction?

    Maybe he just thinks Mothers Against Drunk Driving are going to rise up and destroy the world.
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    That might be why I always do throw in the second D.

    The point is, invasion scenarios are only workable if the enemy had a way to shut down our nuclear response. Maybe the OP is suggesting that hackers, or spies could do it? Nuclear subs wouldn't launch if they were getting conflicting orders.

    Another possibility would be if we didn't know where the attacks were coming from, or if we were falsely lead to believe one nation was doing it, but another one was actually planning to take us both out. Like if Russia pitted the USA against China, so we'd wipe each other out and they could be the world superpower. Or the other way around.
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