Broken Arrow – Response to a Nuclear Weapons Accident

This 1980 informational film was produced by the Air Force to depict a Defense Nuclear Agency (now Defense Threat Reduction Agency) training exercise based on a nuclear weapons accident scenario and the steps that would be taken from the time of the incident to D+7.

8 Responses to “Broken Arrow – Response to a Nuclear Weapons Accident”

  1. Fox says:

    “A Broken what?” “Broken Arrow. It’s a Class 4 Strategic Theatre Emergency. It’s what we call it when we lose a nuclear weapon.” “I don’t know what’s scarier, losing nuclear weapons, or that it happens so often there’s actually a term for it.”

    • SN says:

      You think we routinely lose nukes?


      • matt says:

        we lost a few between Minot and Barksdale a few years back…found ’em the next day, though.

      • Eric says:

        SN, it’s a direct quote from the movie.

      • Jeremy says:

        You couldn’t tell, because internets, but he was saying it in a Frank Whaley voice.

      • Fox says:

        It’s a quote from the movie Broken Arrow. Go watch it. It’s got Travolta in it.

    • GoBlin says:

      Well, the point is to have a special discreet term for any situation possible, and set this term ahead of time. Still funny quote though, have to admit.

  2. Loopy says:

    Ah yes, before the dawn of the v-neck undershirt