The story is dated in that the Soviet Union was considered to be the enemy that would launch a nuclear strike. There is no Soviet Union any longer. Nuclear worries are based around Iran and North Korea. Nuclear weapons are supposedly under the control through inspection by the UN. Nuclear treaties have limited what countries may do in regard to nuclear development. The Russians were threatening to take over the Mediterranean. The problem today lies in the Middle East, not the Mediterranean. Long range missiles are not the biggest threat anymore. Nuclear submarines and air strikes are more of a threat. Certainly, $5,000 wouldn't go as far as it did when Mark wrote the check for the necessary supplies to survive.