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October 23rd, 2017
Military officials have said the U.S. Air Force is preparing to place it’s nuclear-armed B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert status, something that has not been done since 1991, the last days of the Cold War.
Gen. David Goldfein told Defense One it could happen at any time.
“This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Goldfein said. “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.”
Goldfein noted that in a world where “we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” it’s important to remain alert and think of new ways to be prepared.
“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,” Goldfein added.
According to Defense One’s report, Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, home of the 2d Bomb Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command, is being renovated so that B-52s would be ready to “take off at a moment’s notice.”
The B-52, which can fly up to about 50,000 feet and at subsonic speeds, has a wide range of weapons in its potential payload, including cluster bombs, gravity bombs, cruise missiles, and nuclear armed weapons.
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