The world now has confirmation that the use of nuclear weapons was suggested as a possible option during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

That was 40 years ago and in another century, a time of far slower battlefield conditions than those encountered now. Developments then could be reckoned at least in terms of a day or so, if not longer. But such is the pace of modern warfare that decisions taken in the heat of battle have a much smaller window of opportunity in which to operate. So small are these windows that often, in order to function successfully within them, only machines and not human beings have the capacity to respond with the speed required.

However, with the possibility of a nuclear component again becoming a much more active topic in the overall ‘discussion,’ some thought might be given towards preserving that all-important human element where command and control procedures are concerned..

That should slow matters down to a absolute crawl, giving plenty of time to ponder upon whatever next moves might then be made available.


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