It was a very well known fact, that during the Cold War our nation had B-52s poised to take off and fly a Doomsday mission at a moment’s notice.
For some the threat of nuclear annihilation is a distant memory from their childhood, and for other serving in the military it might become a present reality once again.
The Cold War ended in 1991, and that was the last time B-52s were on 24 hour call to deliver a nuclear payload, but the order may very well come and put them on the front lines again for the first time in 26 years.
Air Force Chief of Staff, General David Goldfein says about Trump’s orders,
“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.”
It’s an indicator that world is the most volatile it has been in nearly 30 years, there are looming threats, and President Trump sees this as another opportunity to put America first.
General Goldfein faces the task of modernizing the nuclear arsenal for the Air Force. Can America afford to think of nuclear strategies in 2017 the same way it did 30 years ago? Hardly not. General Goldfein goes on to say,
“The world is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons. 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.”
This is another move from Trump to ensure the American people are safe.