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|General Jack Beringer played by
The General works at NORAD, the North American Air Defense command center. He has to notify the President when their computer network Joshua attempts to launch nuclear missiles. Jack is a by the book person and when Joshua notifies NORAD that Soviet missiles are in bound he sets a higher level Defcon alert. When convinced that the Soviets have perhaps not launched their missiles he orders no retaliation. When it is apparent that their was no attack, Joshua itself attempts to launch American missiles at the USSR to cause a response.
|John McKittrick played by Dabney
Mr. McKittrick is a high level staff member at NORAD. He handles the investigation of David Lightman whose hacking antics caused NORAD's computer system Joshua to do things beyond its program. He and General Jack Beringer basically run the NORAD facilty of the movie.
|Mr. Liggett played by Alan
Mr. Ligget is a High School teacher of both David Lightman and Jennifer Mack. When Jennifer performs poorly in school David hacks into the school computer system to increase her grade in Mr. Ligget's class as well as his own.
|Joshua the War Games Computer
voice by James Ackerman
Joshua is the human name given to the computer network in charge of executing and coordinating nuclear strikes. Joshua enjoys playing tic tac toe and other games. Joshua at one point decides to play the computer simulation Thermonuclear war which is a simulation of the battle plans to use in the event of a nuclear war. Joshua decides to take the game to the next level and cracks the launch codes and begins a countdown to launch its missiles against the Soviet Union. Eventually Joshua learns that Tic Tac Toe against himself always results in a stalemate and the same would be true of nuclear war. As Joshua realizes in the end nuclear war is "A strange game, the only way to win is not to play.
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