Talk:Nuclear utilization target selection

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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Nuclear utilization target selection:
  • Who proposed the strategy (not Weinberger) ?
  • Did the US take it seriously?
  • Discussion of similar terms counter-force and counter-value. Might want to create entirely new entries too.

why is it[edit]

why is it, that those nuclear-holocaust-programs all have such strange acronyms ?? NUTS (=crazy) MAD (=crazy) ??? gallows humour anyone ?-- ExpImptalkcon 23:35, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Probably true. I guess the idea for this strategy was born in some politicans head, and when he told the gernerals to work it out they just told each other that this was totally nuts cause it couldnt work. And now they just had to find words for the letters ... and come on ":Nuclear utilization target selection" doesnt make much sense- but NUTS describes it pretty well —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:51, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

My 2 cents: it could also be a reference to Colonel Joseph H. Harper; when asked to surrender to the Wehrmacht during the battle of Bastogne his response letter to the Germans said simply "Nuts!". Could make sense. (talk) 05:45, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

From the wiki page on Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD): "The strategy of Mutually Assured Destruction and the acronym MAD are due to John von Neumann (1903–1957)[11] and his taste for humorous acronyms, another example being his MANIAC computer." (talk) 08:07, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Not a hoax[edit]

I've removed the hoax template from this article as I was able to find many google books and google scholar sources for it. I've added one as a reference. ascidian | talk-to-me 10:41, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

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