So, it's a pretty simple question. When, and how many times has the nuclear brief-case or it's Russian counterpart ever been opened with the intent of use for a nuclear launch? Are there records of such things? Obviously, they've never been used to completion, but I'd be interested to know if any sitting president or premier has felt it was necessary to do so.

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  • Downvoter, am I off topic?
    – Sidney
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 18:55
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    According to this article, White House Military Aides have opened theirs. However, the number of times opened by them may not be readily available. Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 20:25
  • Do you think this information would be publicly available? I think it is pretty much a common sense.
    – Rathony
    Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 8:20
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    Rathony I see no reason to believe it wouldn't be after the fact, at least for the US one. There is a lot more damming information than that that is public.
    – Sidney
    Commented Jul 23, 2016 at 10:54
  • Do you mean for any reason or are you discounting, say, occasional updates and auditing that would seem nessecary (to me) for what is essentially a set of documents referencing available options?
    – Weaver
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 11:45

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The Norwegian Rocket Incident appears to have prompted the opening of the Russian Federation's briefcase. That Wikipedia article says that was the only such incident, but that seems unlikely to me.

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