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The lead headline on Drudge this morning is an article in Defense One, which portends a return to a 24-hour alert, which hasn’t been seen since the demise of Strategic Air Command. As intriguing as that headline is, it’s really not practical, and it’s a stretch, if not a bluff.
At Barksdale AFB, the Air Force is preparing to renovate the “Christmas tree,” or the alert pad that used to mark every base with a long runway and a SAC presence. I grew up near Pease AFB in Portsmouth during the Cold War, and well remember the FB-111’s sitting on the pad, and practicing MITO (minimum interval take-off) drills at all hours. I remember going to the mall with some of my airmen acquaintances and seeing the blue school bus pull up to collect them when the alert klaxon sounded. I remember the December day in 1984 when a Russian sub off Finland almost trigger WW3.
Returning to those days might make for heady headlines, but U.S. bomber doctrine really can’t support it. The B-52 is a very old platform, and while we can afford to have a few of them rotating through 24-hour alert status, the toll that would take on maintenance, logistics, and airframes is unsustainable. There are way less than 100 B-52H aircraft in service, most of the based at Barksdale, with some at Minot. All of them are far older than their crews, having been last produced in 1963.
The B-1B is mostly employed on missions in support of our Afghanistan and ISIS wars, with many of them moved to Air National Guard units. It’s not a good candidate for alert pad operation. The B-2 is far too expensive and rare (only 21 were built) to be wasted sitting on an alert pad. We have no aircraft like the purpose-built FB-111 platform–those are all gone. And the Buffs now cost in excess of $10,000 per hour in maintenance costs.
Having the alert facilities renovated and ready might look good, but it’s hardly going to bring back the days of Curtis LeMay, nuclear bomber patrols, and 24-hour flights to the Russian border.
If the order comes, the B-52s will return to a ready-to-fly posture not seen since the Cold War. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway â dubbed the âChristmas tree“ for their angular markings â could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice. Goldfein, who is the Air Force’s top officer and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is asking his force to think about new ways that nuclear weapons could be used for deterrence, or even combat.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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