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Joint Chiefs of Staff's Response to Missile Discovery

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Joint Chiefs plan action after discovering Soviet-era missile threat.

description: an intense meeting room scene with military officials in uniform, poring over maps and data, with a sense of urgency and determination in their expressions.

Maj. Richard Heyser had been sitting 14 miles above the Earth for 5 hours. Soaring at the edge of space, he flew from northern California, monitoring the skies for any signs of potential threats. Suddenly, his instruments detected a series of unidentified objects moving rapidly towards the United States.

As the news spread, the Joint Chiefs of Staff convened an emergency meeting to assess the situation. It was quickly determined that the objects were Soviet-era missiles, launched by an unknown entity. The gravity of the situation was evident, and immediate action was required to protect the nation from this imminent threat.

It comes as South Korea reportedly identified a device fired by North Korea last week as a Soviet-era missile. The implications of such a discovery sent shockwaves through the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. The Joint Chiefs knew that they had to act swiftly and decisively to prevent a potential catastrophe.

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