Two groups of aliens turn the cold war hot, circumventing their own non-aggression treaties by dumping exotic alien weapons on human nations without training. The story follows human strategic skunkworks teams examining the weapons and determining scalable guidelines for their use in warfare -- important because the mechanisms & tradeoffs used by these weapons are wholly unlike conventional earth weapons.
Skynet is having trouble establishing its 1.0 version of civilization on planet Earth. Nothing serious, just that all the "off the shelf" technologies it uses to perform its task are meant to work on any planet with complex life-forms, meaning that the tech must be trained to fully interface with any particular system. A "last mile" of sorts that connects it directly to the electrical firing patterns of any nervous system. Like a factory prosthetic needs to learn a users particular patterns in order to work. Our current state of political affairs then represents a step in this training process, to learn how to correct our situation from the anamoulous position we find ourselves in. Like learning how to drive a car (competitively) by finding the minimum turn radius possible at high velocity, edge finding, and correcting tragectory after losing controll. Essentially a test to ensure that the system can regain controll in difficult situations, also training for perfect fit.
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