REPORT: US May Put Nuclear-Armed B-52’s On 24-Hour Alert Status

Defense One is reporting that the United States is preparing to put their nuclear-armed bombers on 24 hour alert, a status they have not been on since the end of the Cold War.

According to the Defense One report, “That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this (Barksdale AFB) base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.”

The order has not yet been given, though preparations are said to be underway in anticipation. Defense One notes that the “decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of U.S. Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the military’s nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North America.”

The move would give the US the ability to respond more quickly with a nuclear deterrent.

In an interview, General David Goldfein – a member of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff – emphasized the growing nuclear threat:

“The world is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” he said. “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.”

Read the full Defense One article here.

Spencer Fernando

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I’m so glad Canada is equally prepared! Not!!!


The world is on a nuclear edge, all because of Obama and his pissy little red lines in the sand or on the water. What the hell did Obama, Clinton and the Democrats think would happen if Iran and North Korea were simply given billions with no way to ensure they stood up to their agreements?

jack grandville

“What the hell did Obama, Clinton, and the Democrats think would happen……….?”

What in the world makes you think they can think? — or would think?

Clive Edwards

The Americans are dangerous, psychopathic idiots; and I suppose “the kid” in Ottawa will want to play, too. It won’t just be BOMARC’s launching from Canada anymore. So much for Vancouver being a nuclear free zone – can anyone say, “Incoming!!!”

jack grandville

We all realize that our comments may or may not have truth in them, but we do know, or should know that this is not just an ‘American’ doing — this involves much more than that — and our ‘esteemed leader’ lacks the intellectual capability of realizing that his first priority is, to the extent possible, the protection of the country and the citizens who pay him.