Asteroids, nuclear war and data center outages: Surviving big disasters by being small

Imagine that it’s the height of the Cold War, and you are trying to design an approach to command, control, and communications that can survive a full-scale nuclear attack.

One approach is to build a small number of communications nodes that are highly resilient. For example, you can build communications bunkers a mile deep under mountains, or keep a pair of specially-outfitted jets continuously in the air above Nebraska. Let’s call this the Big Box approach.

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