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Exchange Exemplar: Half-Baked Military Plots That Never Finished Cooking


What do you think, could we get a nuclear missile to explode on the moon?

If you're wondering why we would even ask such a question... well, you'd better sit down. Because that idea actually DID appear among ideas for displaying American military might in decades past.

It is the title non-event in the book Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board.

Vince Houghton, a historian of intelligence--military and otherwise--guides us through the schemes and plans that didn't quite make it, in this interview from 2019.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.