In a ‘Crocodile Dundee-esque’ present of “that’s not a nuclear missile… this is a nuclear missile” one-upmanship, US army personnel will check hearth the lethal (unarmed) Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. tonight from the north finish of the Vandenberg Air Force Base close to Lompoc in California.
Col John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, will oversee the launch of the lengthy vary missile, saying:
“Team V is as soon as once more able to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to efficiently launch one other Minuteman III missile.
These Minuteman launches are important to confirm the standing of our nationwide nuclear drive and to exhibit our nationwide nuclear capabilities.
We are pleased with our lengthy historical past in partnering with the women and men of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation.”
Additionally, as The Daily Star reports, after President Trump branded North Korea “a real threat to the world,” Col Deane Konowicz, the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron commander, stated the check will ship a message to enemies of the US…
“The Simulated Electronic Launch of a Minuteman III ICBM is a sign to the American individuals, our allies, and our adversaries that our ICBM functionality is protected, safe, deadly and prepared.
“It highlights the ground and airborne command and control elements of an electrically-isolated ICBM, demonstrating that our deployed ICBMs will respond to critical launch commands.”
The obvious hypocrisy of the escalated sabre-rattling just isn’t misplaced on many, as The LA Times reports, The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group, criticized the timing of the launch, citing heightened pressure between the U.S. and North Korea.
“When it involves missile testing, the U.S. is working with a transparent double commonplace: It views its personal checks as justified and helpful, whereas it views the exams of North Korea as threatening and destabilizing,” basis president David Krieger stated in a press release.
“What is required is diplomacy fairly than army provocations. Threats, whether or not within the type of tweets, nuclear-capable plane service teams, or nuclear-capable missile launches, solely improve the risks to us all.”
The Vandenberg check can be the second missile launched from the bottom this yr.
Three Minuteman III missiles have been launched in 2016, in response to Lt. Col. Jason Turner, second Range Operations Squadron commander.
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