898: Chain of Command
Themistocles was an Ancient Greek politician and this comic and image text are about uncommon chains of command.
The President of the United States is at the top of the US Nuclear Chain of Command, but the Engineer is technically above him because the button would not work without the Engineer and the Engineer is in charge of configuring how the button works. The "Red Button" is usually a worst case scenario as it launches all nuclear capabilities.
In the image text is a similar joke placed at the top of the chain of command, this time in Ancient Greece. Since Themistocles' infant son ruled all of Greece, where did his infant son get any ideas? If this were current day, the infant son would get his ideas from advertisements shown on the show Dora the Explorer. Dora the Explorer is a very popular animated television series shown on the Nickelodeon networks staring a child named Dora who explores.
- [A flowchart shows the President at the top, with an arrow to the Secretary of Defense, and then fourteen arrows leading to a series of boxes labeled Unified Combat Commanders. On the side, a box with a dotted outline has a dotted arrow leading to the president. It's labeled "Engineer Who Installed the Red Button."]
- US NUCLEAR CHAIN OF COMMAND