Secretary Baird Quotes in Broken Arrow (1996)
Secretary Baird Quotes:
Giles Prentice: A Broken what?
Secretary Baird: Broken Arrow. It's a Class 4 Strategic Theatre Emergency. It's what we call it when we lose a nuclear weapon.
Giles Prentice: I don't know what's scarier, losing nuclear weapons, or that it happens so often there's actually a term for it.
[on whether to disclose the loss of a stealth bomber]
Giles Prentice: Wait. We're making a mistake.
Secretary Baird: Giles? You, uh, have some input you wish to share with us?
Giles Prentice: Yes, sir. Aviation Week has been following the development of the B3 for years. They have "stringers" - guys camping out in lawn chairs all night out by the Whiteman perimeter fence - watching just in case one of these things take off. Now, they're gonna know that one took off last night, and they're gonna know that it didn't come back. Now, we put out a press-release saying a C141 went down in Utah, they're gonna put two and two together. Aviation Week is gonna run a story, everyone's gonna know what really happened, and we're all gonna look extremely stupid. We're better off just telling the truth.
Secretary Baird: The truth? How'd you get this job?
Secretary Baird: Guys in lawn chairs. I dunno, Giles. Sometimes you scare me.
Giles Prentice: Hell, sir. Sometimes I scare myself.
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