Russia has been in the news a lot lately. The fallout from Russia’s manipulation of the 2016 presidential election has yet to reach its conclusion. While the presidential administration’s policy towards Russia appears forgiving, members of Congress are in favor of passing sanctions on Russia. The sanctions could severely hurt Russia’s economy, as the oil, cyber, and banking sectors would all be targeted. In addition to their election meddling using Facebook, Russia’s continued aggression towards the Ukraine concerns US politicians. The oligarchy is threatening the Ukraine’s sovereignty. The annexation of the Crimean peninsula seems to have just been the beginning of what may become a full fledged invasion. As Russia’s military conflicts escalate, it’s important we focus on what could be their greatest weapon: the doomsday machine.
During the middle of 2018, Russia released video of what appears to be a torpedo. This torpedo is an alleged prototype of what’s been described as a “doomsday machine.” The doomsday machine is an autonomous nuclear weapon that is as powerful as the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. If the machine is activated, it could create tsunamis over 300 feet high. Moreover, ocean sediment could become irradiated, which could rain radioactive fallout on areas near the blast.
This doomsday machine is just one of many nuclear weapons in Russia’s arsenal. Experts claim that an underwater nuclear explosion wouldn’t be nearly as powerful as one above ground. That said, the various threats trigger memories of the Cold War.
Another Cold War
In my Future of Warfare post, I mentioned that the US recently withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. This was an arms control agreement between the US and Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) that had been in place for over 30 years. Both the US and Soviet Union had abolished intermediate-range ballistic missiles, thereby ending the Cold War arms race. While the INF had largely been adhered to for decades, Russia has allegedly been developing intermediate-range missiles over the past few years. With the decision to formally withdraw from the treaty, the US may be once again engaging in an arms race with Russia.
The Cold War was one of the reasons people began prepping in the first place. Both the United States and the USSR had nuclear arsenals, which could easily bring an end to the world as we knew it. Like Russia, United States has now renewed development of nuclear weapons. I certainly hope we don’t return to the age of “duck and cover” drills. That said, we can prepare ourselves for the worst while hoping for the best.
The Nuclear Scenario
Nuclear war is one of the worst possible scenarios we could ever find ourselves in. Geographic regions would become uninhabitable. Cities would be evaporated. Communication would be impossible. Fallout bunkers were created in the last Cold War to increase chances of survival, but you cannot live out the rest of your life underground. To what extent do we prepare ourselves for these possibilities? I had previously written about the elites purchasing property in New Zealand. This luxury is of course inaccessible to many of us, but should we explore more attainable possibilities? The truth is, I don’t know. I don’t want to concede defeat to the nuclear scenario, but I also want to maintain a sense of rationality. I have escape plans, bug out bags, and a secure location. However, I’d still be unprepared for a nuclear SHTF event.
What do you think? Are you prepared for the nuclear scenario? Is that even possible? Leave a comment below, or contact me directly.