The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put the B-52's responsible for carrying nuclear warheads back onto 24-hour alert for the first time since the Cold War. The empty concrete pads at the end of the Barksdale Air Force Base's 11,000 foot runway could be home once again to several parked B-52's ready to fly at any time.
General David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, says "This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared." The general spent several days touring the Barksdale and other Air Force bases to personally ensure readiness. It is comforting to know that people like General Goldfein are preparing for anything. General Goldfein went on to say "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."
Senior defense officials stressed that the alert order has not actually been given, but the preparations are underway to ensure that everything is well prepared for when the time comes.
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