In Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Plan R was the tactical plan of action that allowed General Jack D. Ripper to send twenty-eight B-52 bombers equipped with fourteen-hundred megatons of nuclear weapons to attack Russia on his own authority.
"Plan R is an emergency war plan in which a lower echelon commander may order nuclear retaliation after a sneak attack if the normal chain of command is disrupted ... The idea was for Plan R to be a sort of retaliatory safeguard." -- General "Buck" Turgidson, Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
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