A Mad, Mad World

Oct 23, 2017

The Pentagon is moving towards putting American nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert, something that has not been done since the end of the cold war in 1991. The order to do so has not been given. However, with “emerging threats” in the Middle East and North Korea, the Air Force is taking steps “in expectation of such an order.” North Korea has recently tested intercontinental ballistic missiles and has exploded a nuclear weapon. The Air Force is bringing in new equipment “to facilitate a larger force.” Additionally, “facilities are also being constructed for other elements of America’s nuclear arsenal, such as nuclear cruise missiles. . . “ Once again, long-range bombers may be sitting on runways, loaded with nuclear weapons, prepared for immediate take off. “The world is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” said Air Force chief of staff, General David Goldfein. “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.” Golden is asking for “new ways that nuclear weapons could be used for deterrence, or even combat.”