As an early Baby Boomer, I grew up in the terrifying shadow of nuclear devastation, the ultimate result of hostilities between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.I was fourteen years old during the Cuban missile crisis, when my parish priest and nuns urged us to “pray for peace.” Thank God Khrushchev and Kennedy decided not to start WWIII, and we all breathe a sigh of relief. After that, I realized that I should pay closer attention to U.S.–Soviet relations, i.e. The Cold War. Throughout the Cold War (1946-1991) not single shot was fired, but several scary situations gave me sleepless nights. Now, we don’t have a unified Soviet Union to worry about, but Russia still has a couple of thousand missiles aimed at us, as we have at them. I’m relatively certain that we and the Russians don’t want to blow up the world, but mistakes can be made. Both sides rely heavily on electronics to monitor and guide weapons of mass destruction. Even computers make mistakes.