Most of the early incursions were in Antarctica. I don’t think anyone even noticed them, and if they did, they must have dismissed it as something natural.

They didn’t seem to completely grasp the way our communications network functioned. It was nearly two days before they swatted our satellites from the sky, and some cell towers were still standing by the end of the first week, provided you could get power. That–power–they understood very quickly.

There were some localized successes, especially on the second day when the communications network was still active and the military still had reserves of jet fuel. A few even talked of victory.

By the end of the second week, the talk was no longer of victory, but survival. We’d cost them too much, and they weren’t about to underestimate us again.

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