With "Operation Able Archer" in the fall of 1983 Ronald Reagan convinced the Soviet Union that NATO was about to launch a nuclear first strike. On 26 September 1983, the nuclear early warning system of the Soviet Union twice reported the launch of USAF Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles from bases in the United States. These missile attack warnings were correctly identified as a false alarm by Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, an officer of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. This decision is seen as having prevented a retaliatory nuclear attack based on erroneous data on the United States and its NATO allies, which would have probably resulted in nuclear war and the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. Investigation of the satellite warning system later confirmed that the system had malfunctioned.
Ballistic missile early warning system -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century.
First strike (Nuclear strategy) -- History -- 20th century.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- History -- 20th century.
Nuclear crisis control -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century.
Nuclear warfare -- Soviet Union -- Forecasting -- History -- 20th century.
Petrov, Stanislav, 1939-2017.
Anthony, Peter, screenwriter, film director.
Costner, Kevin, on-screen participant.
Cronkite, Walter, on-screen participant.
Damon, Matt, on-screen participant.
De Niro, Robert, on-screen participant.
Hattesen, Kim, director of photography.
Kalinina, G. (Galina), 1948- on-screen participant.
Petrov, Stanislav, 1939-2017, on-screen participant.
Shnyrev, Sergeĭ, 1971- on-screen participant.
Spectrum Film (Firm : Amsterdam, Netherlands), production company.
Staberg, Jakob, film producer.
Statement Pictures (Firm), production company.
Syndicado (Firm), film distributor.
Vdovina, Natalii͡|a, on-screen participant.