Hunter: [about the radio repair] How long’s it gonna take?
Vossler: I don’t know, sir.
Hunter: You know what’s going on here?
Vossler: Yes, sir.
Hunter: No, I don’t think you do. Let me explain it to you. If we launch, and we’re wrong, what’s left of Russia is gonna launch at us. There will be a nuclear holocaust beyond imagination, and so it’s all about knowing, Mr…
[Hunter looks at Vossler’s name patch]
Hunter: Vossler. We have to know whether our order to launch has been recalled or not. The only way we’re gonna know, is if you fix that radio…you understand?
Vossler: [looks down]
Hunter: You ever watch Star Trek?
Vossler: St…yeah, Star…
Hunter: Star Trek! The USS Enterprise? All right, now you remember when the Klingons were gonna blow up the Enterprise and Captain Kirk calls down to Scotty he says “Scotty, I gotta have more power.”
Vossler: He needs more, more warp speed, yeah.
Hunter: Warp speed, exactly. Now I’m Captain Kirk, you’re Scotty, I need more power. I’m telling you if you do not get this radio up, a billion people are gonna die. And it’s all up to you. I know it’s a shitty deal but you got it…can you handle it?
Vossler: Aye, Captain.