JUST IN: United States Army Prepares For Nuclear War (DETAILS)

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The president has continued on with angry, incendiary rhetoric against the North Korean regime for months now, kicking his campaign of aggression off by quipping that the U.S. will cause “fire and fury” to rain down upon North Korea if given the opportunity.

Now, the U.S. Air Force is preparing to return to a readiness for nuclear war status not seen since 1991, when relations between the U.S. and the then-Soviet Union thawed.

Defense One reports that although the order to ready for nuclear war has not yet come, Air Force officials are  readying for it being issued. Responsibility for issuing the order rests with either U.S. Strategic Command head Gen. John Hyten or U.S. Northern Command head Gen. Lori Robinson. Gen. Robinson leads the charge to defend North America while Gen. Hyten leads the nation’s nuclear defense capabilities.

If the order to be ready for nuclear war on a 24 hour notice is issued, it will entail B-52 bombers being situated out on the runway of at least the Barksdale Air Force Base with nuclear weapons aboard. Among the preparations being taken for such an order is the renovation of an old concrete building at Barksdale where B-52 crews would sleep during the Cold War, ready to run to their aircraft at a moment’s notice.

Air Force chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein tried to dispel concern over the move, asserting that the preparations are being taken out of a general push for readiness and not over any specific concerns.

He said:

‘This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared. 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.’

As mentioned, the “global situation that we find ourselves in” has a lot to do with the ongoing back and forth between President Donald Trump and the current leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un.

The North Korean regime has stepped up the pace of their missile tests since Trump took office, claiming to have a miniaturized nuclear weapon that can fit atop an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, or ICBM. The regime has stated, following increased provocation and threats from President Trump, that they are not interested in negotiations until they have a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the U.S. East Coast.

Gen. Goldfein is “asking his force to think about new ways that nuclear weapons could be used for deterrence, or even combat,” in the description of Defense One reporter Marcus Weisgerber.

As Goldfein himself noted, the world “is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons.”

Those speaking in such a manner include the president of the United States, who has repeatedly publicly called for the United States nuclear arsenal to be increased in size. Although he disputed the most recent account of his call for an amplified nuclear arsenal, he has made numerous such calls publicly, including on Twitter.

If nuclear war were to break out, the lives of millions of people would be in immediate danger, including the inhabitants of South Korea, Japan, North Korea, and the United States most acutely.

With these issues in mind, to use the words of Gen. Goldfein, “It’s never been more important to make sure that we get this mission right.”

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