Alas, Babylon

What warning does Mark give about Civil Defense and how is it related to the theme of the novel?

ALAS, BABYLON chapter2

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Mark tells Randy that the Russians are trying to take over the Mediterranean and that a nuclear war in imminent. He believes their civil defences in long-range missiles or "gap" gives them the advantage. We can see this follows the theme of eradication of the human species. It's not good!