From the Posthumously Published Memoirs of General Theodore H. Simmons. Commandant, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Maryland. Declassified June 23, 2041.

The concept itself wasn’t new or original, and although the execution had gone smoothly, it was the plan’s audacious scope that made it truly spectacular, 21st century total war waged across the economic, political, and public health spectra under the effective cover of plausible deniability. And Operation Apex had worked. Almost.

To make the attack invisible, it didn’t just need to seem as though the pathogen had jumped from a flea to…

Will Staton

Career Educator. Author of “Through Fire and Flame: Into the New Inferno.” Bylines at Arc Digital, Areo Magazine, and the Strategy Bridge.

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