Nuclear Briefcase: Should India get one? Cheget: The Nuclear Briefcase of the USSR Cheget (Russian: Ð§ÐµÐ³ÐµÑ‚) is a "nuclear briefcase" and a part of the automatic system for control pinnacle command and control of Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF) named Kazbek (after Mount Kazbek). It was developed during Yury Andropov's times in the early 1980s. The suitcases were put into service just as Mikhail Gorbachev took office in March 1985. It is connected to the special communications system code-named Kavkaz (after the Caucasus Mountains), which "supports communication between senior government officials while they are making the decision whether to use nuclear weapons, and in its own turn is plugged into Kazbek, which embraces all the individuals and agencies involved in command and control of the Strategic Nuclear Forces." The Russian President has a cheget on hand at all times. It is usually assumed although not known with certainty that the nuclear briefcases are also issued to the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff. The General Staff receives the signal and initiates the strike through the passing of authorization codes to missile silo launch complexes or by remotely launching individual ICBMs. The control of the "nuclear briefcase" has become a symbol of political authority. The system is named after Mount Cheget in Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheget Nuclear Football: The Nuclear Briefcase of the USA The Nuclear Football (also called the Atomic Football, President's Emergency Satchel, The Button, The Red Button, The Black Box, or just The Football) is a black briefcase, the contents of which are to be used by the President of the United States of America to authorize a nuclear attack while away from fixed command centers, such as the White House Situation Room. It functions as a mobile hub in the strategic defense system of the United States. According to a Washington Post article, the President is always accompanied by a military aide carrying a "football" with launch codes for nuclear weapons. It is a metallic Zero Halliburton briefcase carried in a black leather "jacket". The package weighs around 45 pounds (20 kilograms). A small antenna protrudes from the bag near the handle. In his book Breaking Cover, Bill Gulley, the former director of the White House Military Office wrote: There are four things in the Football. The Black Book containing the retaliatory options, a book listing classified site locations, a manila folder with eight or ten pages stapled together giving a description of procedures for the Emergency Broadcast System, and a three-by-five inch card with authentication codes. The Black Book was about 9 by 12 inches and had 75 loose-leaf pages printed in black and red. On the 'vital' page listing possible responses to a nuclear attack, retaliatory options appear in red and were labeled: 'Rare, Medium or Well Done.' The book with classified site locations was about the same size as the Black Book, and was black. It contained information on sites around the country where the president could be taken in an emergency. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_Football A Nuclear Briefcase of India: Should India get one? What should it be like, physically and based on command structure? Who will carry it?