Skip to comments.Air Force preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready-to-fly alert: report
Posted on 10/22/2017 5:25:53 PM PDT by be-baw
The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991 according to a report released Sunday by Defense One.
If the order comes, the B-52s will return to a ready-to-fly posture not seen since the Cold War, reported Marcus Weisgerber, global business editor for the industry publication, noting that long-dormant runway areas on certain bases could once again be a home to fully loaded B-52s, ready to fly at a moments notice.
This is yet one more step in ensuring that were prepared, Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission. 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 were prepared going forward.
The officer and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way just in case. The decision itself would be made by Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the militarys nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is tasked with defending North America.
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GHWB may have stopped the Fail Safe orbits and grounded the planes from their forward positioning. He most certainly did that; at a minimum.
THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP! You are the greatest president ever!!
Maybe there will be a pair or a flight of 4 up 24/7, or even a single, but it is not going to be like the 50's and 60's.
Or maybe Major Kong from Dr. Strangelove.
Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find: one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days' concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings.
Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.
be good to bring Barksdale back on line.
loved seeing the Buffs there in Bossier.
The word “Vegas” was dubbed in.
Originally, the word was “Dallas.”
The reason was the movie cam out just after JFK’s assassination...
I always liked the Nuclear Triad.
Don’t know how long it takes to re-target the subs and the silos. But it must take some amount of time for chain of command, if nothing else.
The GPS coordinates of targets can be uploaded to bombers via secure channels via satellite comms.
Why did SAC get sacked? Money? Need?
Bring it on back. I always liked the idea.
> The word Vegas was dubbed in. Originally, the word was Dallas. <
I remember reading about that. I also read that when Slim Pickens (Major Kong) first showed up on the set, he had cowboy clothes on (cowboy hat, cowboy boots, etc.). The other actors were very impressed because Pickens had showed up in character.
They didn’t know it, but that was the way Slim Pickens always dressed!
EMP attack from the two polar orbit NORK satellites near the first frost? NORK destroyed in retaliation. China doesn’t mourn it’s pawn. Sits back, watches and waits.
Great news, I worked with the B52s when I was at Blytheville AFB in the 80s.
Wonder if we have the personnel and aircraft capability after 8 years of Obama
Hope there are no accidents etc due to equipment problems
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