US Holds Massive Nuclear Weapons Exercise "To Deter And Detect Strategic Attacks" Days After Russian Drill

Tyler Durden's picture

Late last week, in what should not have been a surprise to anyone (because supposedly it was announced "far in advance") but was a major shock due to its intensity and expansiveness, Russia held a massive "simulated massive nuclear attack" drill, coming at a time just ahead of the Donetsk referendum, which may have been pre-scheduled and for foreign policy reasons was hailed as a "non-event", but judging by the amount of production that went into the accompanying video clip, this particular drill was dripping with symbolism aimed squarely at NATO and the US.

So now it is America's turn to retaliate. As the U.S. Strategic Command reported earlier, the US will conduct Exercise Global Lightning 14 from May 12-16 in coordination with other combatant commands, services, and appropriate U.S. government agencies "to deter and detect strategic attacks against the U.S. and its allies."

Stratcom was quick to point out that Exercise Global Lightning 14 has been planned for more than a year and is based on a notional scenario.  It also added that the "timing of the exercise is unrelated to real-world events" but only those who believed that Russia massive nuclear drill was also unrelated to world will fall for this particular embellishment. As Defense One observes, according to Mark Schneider, a former U.S. Defense Department nuclear strategy official, told the Washington Free Beacon that Russia’s drill last week seemed aimed at sending a message of “nuclear intimidation” to the United States and NATO over Ukraine. He noted that Moscow typically stages its atomic exercises in the fall.

Meanwhile, Romania on Saturday sought clarification from Russia on its official policy following a tweet from a high-profile Russian minister that warned he might try to enter Romanian air space in a heavy bomber, Reuters reported.


After a plane he was a traveling in was blocked from entering Romanian air space, Russian Deputy Prime Minister  Dmitry Rogozin sent out a tweet that stated, “Upon U.S. request, Romania has closed its air space for my plane. Ukraine doesn’t allow me to pass through again. Next time I’ll fly on board Tu-160.” Rogozin, who supervises his country’s large weapons industry, is under U.S. and European Union sanctions.


The Romanian foreign ministry requested that Russia specify whether the deputy prime minister’s tweet represented “the Russian Federation’s official position.”


Romania “believes the threat of using a Russian strategic bomber plane by a Russian deputy prime minister is a very grave statement under the current regional context,” the ministry said

However, Russia was last week - now it's America's turn: the units included in the US exercise are bomber wings that will fly approximately 10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers "to demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness in the training scenarios throughout the continental U.S."

So if you see a massive nuclear bomber flying overhead with a full nuclear armament, don't panic - tis but a drill.

“This exercise provides unique training opportunities to incorporate the most current technology and techniques in support of our mission.  Continued focus and investment in our strategic capabilities allow USSTRATCOM to deter, dissuade, and defeat current and future threats to the U.S. and our allies,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, commander, U.S. Strategic Command.

Those curious can find more information at USSTRATCOM Public Affairs, (402) 294-4130, or via email:

We, on the other hand, will await the YouTube clip that goes with Global Lightning 14 and grade it on content, difficulty, and artistic creativity. After all we already have the Russians as a benchmark.

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TeamDepends's picture

Major T. J. "King" Kong: Well, boys, I reckon this is it - nuclear combat toe to toe with the Roosskies. Now look, boys, I ain't much of a hand at makin' speeches, but I got a pretty fair idea that something doggone important is goin' on back there. And I got a fair idea the kinda personal emotions that some of you fellas may be thinkin'. Heck, I reckon you wouldn't even be human bein's if you didn't have some pretty strong personal feelin's about nuclear combat. I want you to remember one thing, the folks back home is a-countin' on you and by golly, we ain't about to let 'em down. I tell you something else, if this thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I'd say that you're all in line for some important promotions and personal citations when this thing's over with. That goes for ever' last one of you regardless of your race, color or your creed. Now let's get this thing on the hump - we got some flyin' to do.

Manthong's picture

..but there were some gold francs and condoms in the survival kit.

"Heck, a guy could have a pretty good time in Vegas with this." , if memory serves. 

ZerOhead's picture

OK... now this is just plain getting stupid.

Grande Tetons's picture

When dealing with retards, stupid is the normal destination. 

Manthong's picture

You disparage retards with the association to DC.

Spawn of of Satan on the other hand..

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

"10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers"

That's it??? Wow, I feel so safe knowing The Empire can wield such firepower.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

Several animal species do this sort of feather showing or fur bristling exhibition to try an intimidate each other before any real violence starts. It is far more efficient for both sides if one party decides to back down. But in the human world, we know all too well that neither side is in the least intimidated or even much affected. Thus, these shows must be for us peanut gallery spectators. Good to see we are so important.

In the case of Russia, they have been sidelined and supposedly "defeated" (as the Soviet Union), so one could argue that they actually make a point by flexing their muscles to show they are back on the chess board with all their pieces and ready for big time action. But the west certainly does not have much to show. That they still have some weapons left after all the years of disarming?

ZerOhead's picture

< No

< Hell no



g&#039;kar's picture

>Obamao negotiating with Russia/China for red state nuke attack

>Obamao negotiating with Russia/China for blue state nuke attack



Thanatos's picture

This isn't anything to worry about.

And in case it is... Well, we were warned a long time ago.

Relevant Music Video (From days of my youth)


Mistress Raindrop's picture

Our economy is shit.  But at least we can still kick ass.  Bitches.

MeMadMax's picture

You know whats even worse?

Most mofos don't even know what an airraid siren sounds like, and the ones that do think its for a tornado in kansas...


This is in lost angeles by the way...

El Vaquero's picture

Yeah, it has been a long time shice I've heard one.  Back in the '80s bitchez. 


And obviously, what I heard was just a test.

Headbanger's picture

I can't believe how all of this is exactly what my then 85 year old Dad said 20 years ago would happen!

I thought he was just old and cranky but he warned us the "money people in this country are going to gain full control" and cause another Great Depression that will lead to another world war.

It's all coming true! I can't believe it.

Andre's picture

"I can too! I can too!" BO

and from my youth...


pods's picture

Are they gonna use the same nukes that a couple years ago when travelling around the country like Lord Stanley's Cup?


g&#039;kar's picture

Didn't you hear that those were detonated off the coast of S. Carolina?

old naughty's picture

No U2.

Otherwise planes in all 50+1 states will be grounded for 5 days, no?

NidStyles's picture

The state has to keep up the impression of it's all powerful status in order to keep it's tax livestock in check.

DanDaley's picture

"10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers"


There were more but Omojo sold 'em for golf money.

snr-moment's picture

Well, Obama ditched the F-35, F-22 and wanted to cut our arsenal to 300 warheads.


But he IS trying.  I've notice fewer NetJets advertisements lately.

Bingo Hammer's picture

Here's a picture of some more out in the parking lot...

we can all feel real safe now I suppose, right?...

mccvilb's picture

We carried a single last-resort nuclear rocket in the weapons bays of all of our stateside fighter/interceptors. They supposedly could knock out a whole squadron of B-52s with one shot; unfortunately using them also guaranteed the self-destruction of the fighter plane firing it. When was that you ask? Uh, 1966.

This reminds me of the puff piece 60 Minutes did a couple of years ago on the first and only viewing and filming ever allowed inside an active ICBM silo. Analog circuitry, monochrome crts, and incandescent nixie warning lights, lol. The motor control center was right out of Buck Rogers. I'm guessing the "silo" probably hadn't been in use for a good fifty years, but the idiots on 60 Minutes thought they'd pulled off the scoop of the century.

angel_of_joy's picture

"10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers"

If that's all they can muster for a show off, they are in worse shape than I thought.

Incidentally, Putin played last week with some missiles intended to shut down exactly this sort or aircrap.

It was quite convincing...

SameAsItEverWas's picture

..but there were some gold francs and condoms in the survival kit. "Heck, a guy could have a pretty good time in Vegas with this." , if memory serves. 

no "some" of anything.  no francs and no condoms either.  the name of each item was preceded by its quantity, mostly all unitary, as in his "one pair of silk stockings," followed by "one miniature Bible."

zerohedgejjxxzz12's picture

This is a great thing for Obumber to do. It is the only thing he can be good at.

Overfed's picture

I remember a time when it was a lot easier to love America and be proud. Now that most of the  illusions of freedom have been stripped away, it's getting damn tough.

Grande Tetons's picture

Now that most of the  illusions of freedom have been stripped away....


Then. America could pull rabbits out of its hat. 

Now. America pulls rabbits out of its ass. 

What is the difference? A lot of pissed off rabbits. 

Cathartes Aura's picture

welcome to reality.


the rest of the world

global isn't quite living up to the broken promises, hm.

Hallow To Our Men's picture

"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion.

At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain,

they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains,

they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."

Frank Zappa

prains's picture

I remember a time when it was a lot easier to love America


I don''s been the same twisted sack of shit since inception just that the fake veneer has finally fallen off, much like the bridges on the freeways. Ask a slave maybe they remember something happy times

Harbanger's picture

"Ask a slave maybe they remember"

+1 for the white guilt reflex.

jwoop66's picture

Hard to get slaves over here for a while now, but I hear that bokul harum has a good deal on some girls in africa.


I guess some places change, some don't.



What were we talkin' about? guilt?

New Ordnance's picture

Serendipity, I love it!

Slim Pickins rides again.

Just got this up a few minutes ago:

Swiss Shelter Standards: Technical Directives for the Construction of Private Air Raid Shelters and the 1971 Conception of the Swiss Civil Defense

Wannabee's picture

I have several close friends living in Switzerland. Yes indeed they have bomb shelters.

silvermail's picture

I have several close friends living in Russia.
Yes, indeed they begin collecting signatures for a nuclear attack on the United States. They sincerely believe that the United States - is the main source of evil and terrorism on our planet. They believe that mankind is tired of the tyranny of the United States and therefore, the U.S. must burn in nuclear fire. All of them are prepared to die for the successful implementation of this noble goal.
They will demand from the Russian government to destroy the United States.

New Ordnance's picture

Every Swiss at home and at work is supposed to have a seat in a 15psi blast and radiation shelter. The gun culture is alive and well in Switzerland. They are armed to the teeth. All able-bodied males serve in the military and reserves until age 50 as I recall. Then they serve in civil defense organizations in various capacities. They also take their automatic weapons home and keep them. The crime rate is low as one would expect.


Maybe someone on the ground in Switzerland could give us a report on the current state of civil defense.  It’s been a while since I was in Zurich and my Schweizerdeutch is rusty.


scrappy's picture

Great comment New ordinance.

At the SHTF blog there are some good comments on this too.

Sample Comment:

"Be informed says:
Comment ID: 3072784 May 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

@ laeagle. Throughout human history people have thought that their defenses were invulnerable. Famous last words. The U.S. has given a death sentence to Americans. You look at the countries of Israel and Switzerland and the people there have good chance of survival. China and Russia have taken similar approaches to safeguarding at least part of their population...

...One other thing. As children we all were taught to prepare and to take shelter during an attack. Now as adults we are regarded as domestic terrorists for doing exactly what the government taught us as children to do. We are all just suppose to die during an attack because the government knows what is best for us. This is the government you think is invulnerable that can’t even live by their own words to their own popualtion???? This includes trying to disarm the civilian militia and annihilate the 2nd Amendment that is the back up to the armed forces and security of all of us. That sure doesn’t install much faith in the self defense of this country."

Duck and cover is the plan for the majority of us???

The elite have their shelters though, don't they.

This is criminal.

The Swiss and the Israelies got this one right for today's world.

Long Dirt. (18 inches is the minimum you need to try to survive radiation if you are not in a direct target zone)

"Honey, I have to bury the kitchen"


buzzsaw99's picture

the ruskies are after our precious bodily fluids. oh wait, that's the usa.

intric8's picture

Mines is bigger than yours

angel_of_joy's picture

By the look of it no, it's not !

intric8's picture

Saving for surgery in thailand. stuck with my junk till then

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Loses its effect in that it is a hysterical response to russia's show. Sort of a psycho ex girlfriend lashing out sort of thing.

hobopants's picture

All of it is a stupid waste of money.

Only way to get any value would be to shove all the oligarchs and bankers from every nation into the bomb bay and drop them from 32 thousand feet.

Let them kill each other and leave ordinary people the fuck out of it.