One of the all-time great movies is the 1964 Stanley Kubrick masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove. It's about nuclear warfare. It is a comedy. Kids, rent it. You won't be sorry.
One of the plot points involves something called the Doomsday Machine, a Top Secret device invented by Russia to blow up the entire world if it senses missiles heading towards the Soviet Motherland.
Alexei, the Russian ambassador to the US, brags that it was the ultimate deterrent.
Dr. Strangelove, played by Peter Sellers (who also played the US President - I told you it was a comedy) notes that the whole point of a deterrent is lost if it is kept a secret!
I think of this scene every time I drive by the signs indicating the EDR routes on our highways. OK, not a perfect analogy, but EDR stands for Emergency Detour Route.
Do YOU know anything about the EDR? Have you ever seen any instructions on what would constitute an emergency serious enough to invoke them? Or what to do when such an emergency occurs?
Would you even know WHEN it hit if it did hit?
OK, so I Googled it.
But why don't we KNOW about these things?