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How safe is your future? The threat of nuclear weapons


8 August 2012

A Japanese protest against nuclear weapons. [Image: Flickr/Matthias Lambrecht]
A Japanese protest against nuclear weapons. [Image: Flickr/Matthias Lambrecht]

Colonel Valery Yarynich, a 30-year veteran of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces, will be presenting a talk today to mark the launch of the Human Survival Project, an initiative of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.

Colonel Yarynich's lecture, "How safe is your future? The urgent need to take 2000 nuclear weapons off high alert", will be in the New Law Building at 4pm.

Colonel Valery helped to design and bring into operation the 'Perimitr' or 'Dead Hand' 'doomsday machine'. Now he's part of the worldwide campaign to lift a threat held over from the Cold War, which sees 2000 nuclear weapons still on 'high alert', ready to launch within minutes.

This keeps us in peril of a nuclear conflagration being triggered by human or system error. Colonel Valery has demonstrated through computer modelling of 100 possible nuclear war scenarios that 'de-alerted' weapons are safer than those kept on high alert.

Colonel Valery has a unique and unreproducible inside knowledge especially of nuclear command and control arrangements and procedures.

This seminar is presented by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in conjunction with the Centre for International Security Studies.


Event details

What: How safe is your future? The urgent need to take 2000 nuclear weapons off high alert

When: 4 to 6pm, Wednesday 8 August

Where: Seminar Room 030, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus. See map and directions

Cost: Free


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