Hell Bent For Leather D+24 (2 August, 1987) 1605-1620

Aboard Nightwatch 1600 Zulu (1205 Local) Debate over the surgical First Strike option presented by General Vuono continued on and  Reagan’s advisers were divided over the prospect. Those in favor believed time was running critically short. Romanov was a loose cannon suffering from sleep deprivation, stress and did not appear to have full control of …

D+18 1621-1640 Zulu 27 July, 1987

Aboard NEACP-Primary, 1620 Zulu (1220 Local Time) The Soviet SS-19 intercontinental ballistic missiles were detected less than twenty seconds after launch by a Defense Support Program satellite. Its onboard computers analyzed the launch data and transmitted a detection alert to the earth below. Alarms went off at ground stations on three separate continents. Five seconds …