following on from one of your other stories today...
...why dont they just be done with it and name it federation (or something) *cough*
first strike should never be an option when you are talking about such weapons, in todays world a first strike would lead to massive loss of life just because someone in a office (or bunker) was pissed about a choice made thousands of miles away.
the fact that two or more decades ago this was first mentioned and some NATO members didnt want to sit around a table, they just wanted to push the button to solve the problem..
you cant win. if this is made an option i dread to think what may happen beforehand to trigger such use..