Ensign: Sir, USFLTFORCOM is detecting a noise moving south over the Beaufort Sea, coordinates marked Zulu-1. They say it sounds like a sonic boom!
General: Damn! Are any of our air assets in that region?
Airman: Sir we have two Longswords on an elliptical patrol one hundred eighty miles south-south-west going subsonic, coordinates Bravo-3.
General: Raise us to alarm yellow and get me X-band look-down on those grid coordinates now! This could be a first strike! Why didn't any other sensors detect this?
Airman: Ground based RADAR is detecting no intruders.
Engisn: Sir, FLTFORCOM states all its sensors are online but none squawked. The sound was detected by the USS Rhode Island, she claims to have heard the noise directly above her.
Royal Navy Ensign: Sir the HMS Astute is 517 miles north-north-east, marker Hotel-5, and cannot confirm the noise.
General: ...And a goddamn polar bear falling over would have FLTFORCOM reporting the entire Russian Air Force flying over the pole....
Captain: Sir, next look-down sat overflight will occur in 7 minutes 32 seconds.
General: Shit! Have those Longswords snap to intercept and put their sensors on the projection.
--- In the cockpit ---
Combat controller: Eielson to Guardian 2-1, have your patrol descend to two five thousand feet and snap to intercept marker Zulu-2 on a direct heading, best afterburner, over. You are intercepting a south-moving sonic boom spotted at marker Zulu-1. Possible first strike, over.
Longsword pilot: Guardian 2-1 to Eielson, wilco, descending to two five thousand feet, heading is direct intercept with marker Zulu-2, flying at best afterburner and bogies are possible, out.
Reading this, how did you feel?
Got too intimidated to continue reading?
Understood most of what was going on?
Appreciative of the realism?
I'm trying to get a feel for how much technological immersion people are prepared for and interested in and how well it would be appreciated (or unappreciated, whatever the case may be). For me, animes and comics that try to portray technologically complex equipment and professional soldiers with casual personalities acting independently and on whims irk me, whereas I was totally impressed the depiction of technology in shows like Neon Genesis Evangelions.
Brainstorming for my own comic, I'm thinking of a realistic depth of technological immersion that few others may be able to meet me on in terms of appreciating or even understanding what the hell is happening. Important to note is that tech grunge dialog would supplement more human discussion, not replace them.