May 12, 2014

"We'll Meet Again:" U.S. Conducts Nuclear Response Exercises


"U.S. Strategic Command this week is conducting a massive nuclear arms drill designed to “deter and detect strategic attacks” on the United States and allies.

A Sunday press release announcing the May 12-16 “Global Lightning” exercise explicitly noted that the event’s timing is “unrelated to real-world events.” Observers of ongoing East-West tensions will note, however, that Russia on Thursday conducted its own large-scale nuclear response drill under the supervision of President Vladimir Putin. That exercise was widely promoted in Russian media and included the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile and submarine-fired ballistic missiles. “Exercise Global Lightning 14 has been planned for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario,” U.S. Strategic Command said." - Defense One

"Planned for more than a year?" Oh, that makes me feel so much more relaxed and secure than otherwise. I guess I'll just put some lawn chairs out in the back yard, pop a cold one, and throw some shrimp on the barbie. Probably won't even have to light it.


Shucks, at this rate, a ten megaton airburst over 1900 Pennsylvania Avenue during a joint session of congress down the block might be just what the country needs to, shall we say, snap out of it! After all, isn't it truly said that every mushroom cloud has a silver lining?

"Fireball radius: 1.53 mi. Maximum size of the nuclear fireball; relevance to lived effects depends on height of detonation. If it touches the ground, the amount of radioactive fallout is significantly increased. Minimum burst height for negligible fallout: 1.38 mi."

Major T. J. "King" Kong: Well, boys, I reckon this is it - nuclear combat toe to toe with the Roosskies. Now look, boys, I ain't much of a hand at makin' speeches, but I got a pretty fair idea that something doggone important is goin' on back there. And I got a fair idea the kinda personal emotions that some of you fellas may be thinkin'. Heck, I reckon you wouldn't even be human bein's if you didn't have some pretty strong personal feelin's about nuclear combat. I want you to remember one thing, the folks back home is a-countin' on you and by golly, we ain't about to let 'em down. I tell you something else, if this thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I'd say that you're all in line for some important promotions and personal citations when this thing's over with. That goes for ever' last one of you regardless of your race, color or your creed. Now let's get this thing on the hump - we got some flyin' to do.

[HT: The Comment Horde @ Zero Hedge]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 12, 2014 6:20 PM
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Putin says, "Jump!", and opiss-willy meekly asks, "How high?"

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 12, 2014 6:41 PM

Obama would never make a stand on behalf of others. I don't think he'd stand up for himself. Sleep well, America.

Posted by: Mike James at May 12, 2014 8:14 PM

I have the whole war worked out. I'll share it with you sometime soon.

Military logic dictates that the highest probable target of Russia, after Ukraine is taken or sullied to Putin's satisfaction, is Finland. I came to this conclusion @ 3 weeks ago. Then, I was watching a video on WW II and the German retreat from Ukraine in 1943. The Germans were expecting the next move to be Belarus, and GD if it wasn't in Finland.

All this is predicated on: we take a stand in Europe. Otherwise, it will all be the way Slim Pickens lays it out in Dr Strangelove.

Enjoy your new socialism, America.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at May 12, 2014 8:31 PM

The greatest military ever deployed, and no leader. No mission.

We are in a lot of trouble. And our kids will go first.

Posted by: TmjUtah at May 12, 2014 8:54 PM

The recording of 'We'll Meet Again' used in Dr. Strangelove was made by Dame Vera Lynn, the British 'Sweetheart of the Forces' in WW II. Dame Vera is alive, well, and she hopes to release another album this year.

Posted by: Lorne at May 13, 2014 5:29 AM

"Planned for a year"? Yes. As someone who used to be involved in planning such things (though not in the USAF, but all services do them) I can tell you this kind of exercise can't be simply thrown together because last month's headlines were disturbing.

All these aircraft have operational missions that have to be covered while they are on the exercise. Aircraft also rotate continually in and out of various levels of maintenance up to basically factory rebuild, and that has to be accounted for.

Then there is the matter of paying for it. Money comes from Congress and Congress passes a budget for defense once per year (when it passes a budget at all). So that has to be programmed into the USAF's budget in advance of the exercise year.

(Actually, the funding is channeled through US Strategic Command but the process is the same.)

Yes, it is possible to rob other parts of the budget to pay for such exercises if it is not already funded, but that has its own problems.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at May 13, 2014 6:02 AM

Hey, I'm in the blast zone. Say a prayer for me when the time comes. :-)

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 13, 2014 12:38 PM

I do not think even one General or Admiral has resigned in protest over Obama's policies. There is no more politically-correct organization on the Earth like The Pentagon.

Posted by: Scott M at May 13, 2014 6:17 PM

I do not think even one General or Admiral has resigned in protest over Obama's policies

That may be because the ones who have were forced out instead. It worked in Turkey, and almost succeeded in Egypt.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 14, 2014 9:47 AM

For a flag-rank officer to resign in protest would be seen, correctly, as a political act. The apoliticism of the US military is something that we must preserve at all costs.

However, I am compelled to agree with Don Rodrigo here. Obama and allies have been politicizing the military, especially the flag ranks, as fast as they can. It has been abundantly clear for a long time that one-star officers who want to see two, and especially two-stars who want to see more, will be promoted on the basis of their political reliability in adopting and enforcing the administration's leftist, P.C., soft socialism.

When Eisenhower was president, he told a reporter that it was easy to end the Pentagon's protests over budget cuts and cut the defense budget significantly. "You tell those generals that Ike has another star for any one of them who cuts at least ten percent out of next year's budget request, and you'll see how much money we don't need to spend after all." Quote's not exact, but close.

Closing note. Gen. Harold K. Johnson was the Chief of Staff, Army, from 1964 - 1968. He wrote in later years, long after retirement, that his greatest regret was not resigning in protest over LBJ's horrid handling of the Vietnam war and associated policies.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at May 14, 2014 1:24 PM

@Sensing, and Gen Johnson's regrets - "long after retirement". That falls into the same category as Robert McNamara and his memoirs. That gives them something to talk about while playing Canasta in their own little circle of Hell.

Posted by: Darkwater at May 15, 2014 1:58 AM