US Air Force Readying for Nuclear Attack

US Air Force Readying for Nuclear Attack
US Air Force Readying for Nuclear Attack

The US Air Force is considering a controversial move to place nuclear-armed B-52 jets back on a historical 24-hour alert, a system left unused since the closure of the Cold War in 1991. According to Air Force leaders, if enacted, the move would be in response to increasingly volatile relations with North Korea.
Neither the military nor the U.S. Government announced a specific plan for the other B-52 bombers, other than the suggested rearrangement of location, but Gen. David Goldfein suggested the change was akin to preparing for the inevitable.
“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.”
If the 24-hour alert is approved, both Air Force pilots and B-52s will move to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, where they will remain at the ready until Gen. John Hyten calls for full reactivation. Currently, military officials are renovating Barksdale to be more suitable for housing not only the B-52 fleet, but also the E-4B Nightwatch and E-6B Mercury.

Key Facts

  • The U.S. Military is currently preparing for the alert
  • Officials have yet to fully activate it, instead preparing first
  • Gen. John Hyten, head of US Strategic Command, has the final say in reactivation
  • The Air Force will move the B-52s, E-4B Nightwatch and E-6B Mercury to BAFB
  • Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB) is currently being renovated
  • The new renovations will allow for accommodation of nuclear planes

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