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US Preparing Nuclear Bombers For 24-Hour Ready Alert Status For First Time Since End Of Cold War

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US Preparing Nuclear Bombers For 24-Hour Ready Alert Status For First Time Since End Of Cold War





The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put its nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert status for the first time since the end of the Cold War as President Trump escalates his war of words with North Korea, according to a Defense One report.

“This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” said Air Force chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein.

“I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”




Defense One adds:

Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come. That decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of U.S. Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the military’s nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North America.

Putting the B-52s back on alert is just one of many decisions facing the Air Force as the U.S. military responds to a changing geopolitical environment that includes North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear arsenal, President Trump’s confrontational approach to Pyongyang, and Russia’s increasingly potent and active armed forces.

“The world is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” he said. “It’s no longer a bipolar world where it’s just us and the Soviet Union. We’ve got other players out there who have nuclear capability. It’s never been more important to make sure that we get this mission right.”




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