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US starts countrywide nuclear drill after similar war games in Russia

Published time: May 12, 2014 09:53
Edited time: May 13, 2014 22:15
A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber (Reuters/Tim Chong)

A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber (Reuters/Tim Chong)

The US Strategic Command, the agency responsible for country’s nuclear arsenal, will hold large-scale war games this week that will include 10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers, along with other military and government agencies.

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber built to carry nuclear weapons.

The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American strategic bomber, designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses that can drop up to sixteen 1,100 kg B83 nuclear bombs.

The exercise will be conducted from May 12-16 and is set “to deter and detect strategic attacks against the US and its allies,” the Strategic Command said in a statement.

“This exercise provides unique training opportunities to incorporate the most current technology and techniques in support of our mission. Continued focus and investment in our strategic capabilities allow US Stratcom to deter, dissuade, and defeat current and future threats to the U.S. and our allies.” said Admiral Cecil Haney, head of Strategic Command.

StratCom is the US’s nuclear command and is responsible for space operations, global strike, global missile defense; and global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and combating weapons of mass destruction.

Though the timing of the exercise was declared as “unrelated to real-world events,” it does come on the heels of the recent war games in Russia. Announced in November 2013, military drills on countering nuclear strikes were overseen by President Vladimir Putin ahead of the May 9 celebrations dedicated to victory in World War II

Contrary to the openness of the Russian war games, the US Strategic Command released very few details about the upcoming exercise.

Relations between Moscow and Washington have worsened significantly over the situation in Ukraine. The US continues to endorse and support a military operation by Kiev’s coup-installed government against federalization supporters in the southeast of the country.

Last week, NATO said it may permanently station additional troops in Eastern Europe as a defensive measure against Moscow. Russia views this recent buildup of NATO forces as a provocation and counterproductive in the struggle to deescalate tensions in Ukraine.

Comments (377)

 

David Marsden 07.07.2014 22:12

pray people thats whats needed

 

Andor 05.07.2014 06:31

Democracy is only a state of mind and engineered for european countries. If the population is 80% headless chickens, democracy will never work. Let's take an example: Germany and it is not the government that makes Germany this perfect country, no....it is the people!! Can one then implement this on Egypt for example...LOL...no!!

 

Jonathan Zvonko 04.07.2014 23:04

Abdu Sal Yarima I wish you where completly wrong but you are not.

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