According to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, a nuclear attack can be mitigated in three steps that should be taken as quickly as possible. These steps are designed for the destruction of incoming ballistic missiles, as well as a successful retaliatory attack.
On Tuesday, the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force. UU., General David Goldfein, provided information on a response from the US. UU According to a Fox News report, as an example of a large nuclear arsenal of the nation, Russia described three steps it would take in the event of an unlikely nuclear emergency.
The first step, according to Goldfein, is called NATO.
“The first call will be the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, General Tod Wolters, who will tell me what he needs to join forces with NATO to stop the enemy’s activity and challenge its objectives. By virtue of the speed with which the air and space component deploys and employs, it expects us (the US Air Force) to be the first to reach its (high) and its blunt, “said Goldfein.
In response to an alleged nuclear attack, the US UU And NATO will launch a massive air counterattack, using all types of aircraft from the F-35 and F-22 fighters to the B-2 bombers. According to Goldfein, combatants could potentially attack intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as they ascend beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.
Otherwise, the F-35s, which are expected to be equipped with nuclear weapons for several years, will attack the enemy’s assets, including the nuclear weapons launch sites, while the F-22s will have the main task of counteracting the enemy planes.
The B-2 will have the task of destroying the enemy air defenses, the nuclear launch sites or, by specific order of a president of the United States, destroy entire cities.
I know. UU And NATO has advanced aircraft and missile defense systems in places like Romania, Poland and other areas of strategic importance, Goldfein said.
NATO would rely on Aegis missile defense systems placed in Europe, something the United States has repeatedly said was built to counter an Iranian nuclear threat, as well as destroyers and cruisers that could be placed closer to the enemy, in this Russian case.
However, Goldfein said that the USA. UU And NATO will also rely on “lasers, electromagnetic weapons and hyper-velocity projectiles” based on ships in the coming years.
The second step for Goldfein as head of the Air Force would be to call the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
NORAD has the task of protecting the American soil of the ICBM. To do that, it is based on terrestrial interceptors (GBI), responsible for discerning the real warheads of decoys. Goldfein said that EE. UU I had successfully intercepted a test ICBM with a GBI, but those interceptors are still being perfected.
In particular, Raytheon launched its Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) earlier this year, which successfully destroyed a simulated ICBM in a test in March, distinguishing real warheads from decoys. Raytheon is currently working on a next-generation vehicle that would launch multiple interceptors, increasing the likelihood of a “death.”
Goldfein’s third step would be to call the STRATCOM General Commander, John Hyten, and send an order to submarines with nuclear weapons.
The submarines are designed for a massive “second attack” capability, which “would guarantee the destruction of anyone launching a nuclear attack against the United States,” according to Fox.
According to Goldfein, these three steps must be carried out simultaneously, in that particular order, so that EE. UU You can achieve maximum protection against a nuclear attack.