Bactra Review   UFO Crash at Roswell
This system went well beyond the Byzantine; sober history sounds like Kafka's version of Dr. Strangelove:
[I]n 1946 the Joint Chiefs of Staff prepared a contingency plan for war with the Soviet Union that was later discarded because it was based on completely unrealistic assumptions about the atomic capability of the United States. According to historian Gregg Herken, this gaffe occurred because the Joint Chiefs of Staff were not allowed access to the necessary atomic information, including the existing number and production rate of atomic bombs. [p. 7; reference omitted]