Saturday, Oct 25, 2008
The US Air Force plans to establish a new Global Strike Command responsible for nuclear bomber and intercontinental ballistic missile forces, senior air force officials announced Friday.
The move is part of an organizational shake-up prompted by recent nuclear mishaps that were blamed on a decade-long slide in the air force’s stewardship of its nuclear forces.
“This is a critical milestone for us, a new starting point for reinvigorating the nuclear enterprise,” said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley.
Under the changes, the air force plans to establish the new Global Strike Command by September 2009 under the leadership of a three-star general, the officials said.
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All nuclear-capable B-52 and B-2 bombers will be shifted to the new command from the Virginia-based Air Combat Command, which currently is responsible for all combat aircraft in the United States.
The air force’s intercontinental ballistic missile force, which is currently under the air force space command in the western state of Colorado, also would be placed under the new command, the officials said.
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