Caught On Tape: U.S. Test Fires Nuclear ICBM, Warns "We Are Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons"

Tyler Durden's picture

Less than two years ago, news of Russia test-firing an ICBM just as the east Ukraine civil war was heating up, was sufficient to send the stock market into a brief tailspin. Since then, the launches of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles has become an almost daily occurrence, with the market hardly batting an eyelid.

In fact, it happened just last night at 11:01pm PST at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where - for the second time this week - the US test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in the past seven days, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the middle east.

The unarmed Minuteman III missile roared out of a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California late at night, raced across the sky at speeds of up to 15,000 mph (24,000 kph) and landed a half hour later in a target area 4,200 miles (6,500 km) away near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific.

The entire launch was caught on the following video, which was released by Vandenberg just 4 days after the previous ICBM launch.


What was more disturbing than the actual launch, however, was the rhetoric behind it: instead of passing it off as another routine test, and letting US "adversaries" make up their own mind about what is going on, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who witnessed the launch, said the U.S. tests, conducted at least 15 times since January 2011, send a message to strategic rivals like Russia, China and North Korea that Washington has an effective nuclear arsenal. "That’s exactly why we do this," Work told reporters before the launch.

Of course, the #1 unspoken rule when launching ICBMs is to never explicitly say why you are doing it. By breaking said rule, it marks a much greater escalation in international diplomacy than merely test firing the nuclear-capable ballistic missile.

That, however, was not an issue and Work piled on, with the following stunner

"We and the Russians and the Chinese routinely do test shots to prove that the operational missiles that we have are reliable. And that is a signal ... that we are prepared to use nuclear weapons in defense of our country if necessary."

Well that's good to know.

As Reuters adds, demonstrating the reliability of the nuclear force has taken on additional importance recently because the U.S. arsenal is near the end of its useful life and a spate of scandals in the nuclear force two years ago raised readiness questions.

The Defense Department has poured millions of dollars into improving conditions for troops responsible for staffing and maintaining the nuclear systems. The administration also is putting more focus on upgrading the weapons.


President Barack Obama’s final defense budget unveiled this month calls for a $1.8 billion hike in nuclear arms spending to overhaul the country's aging nuclear bombers, missiles, submarines and other systems.

That said, the irony of the Nobel Peace Prize winner re-escalating the arms race was not lost on Reuters: the nuclear spending boost is an ironic turn for a president who made reducing U.S. dependence on atomic weapons a centerpiece of his agenda during his first years in office.

Obama called for a world eventually free of nuclear arms in a speech in Prague and later reached a new strategic weapons treaty with Russia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in part based on his stance on reducing atomic arms.  "He was going to de-emphasize the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. national security policy ... but in fact in the last few years he has emphasized new spending," said John Isaacs of the Council for a Livable World, an arms control advocacy group.

Perhaps the Nobel committee should watch the video above and decide if it is not too late to ask for their prize back.

And just like that the nuclear arms race is back.

Critics say the Pentagon's plans are unaffordable and unnecessary because it intends to build a force capable of deploying the 1,550 warheads permitted under the New START treaty... Hans Kristensen, an analyst at the Federation of American Scientists, said the Pentagon's costly "all-of-the-above" effort to rebuild all its nuclear systems was a "train wreck that everybody can see is coming." Kingston Reif of the Arms Control Association, said the plans were "divorced from reality."


The Pentagon could save billions by building a more modest force that would delay the new long-range bomber, cancel the new air launched cruise missile and construct fewer ballistic submarines, arms control advocates said.


Work said the Pentagon understood the financial problem. The department would need $18 billion a year between 2021 and 2035 for its portion of the nuclear modernization, which is coming at the same time as a huge "bow wave" of spending on conventional ships and aircraft, he said.


"If it becomes clear that it’s too expensive, then it’s going to be up to our national leaders to debate" the issue, Work said, something that could take place during the next administration when spending pressures can no longer be ignored.

As a reminder, the last time the U.S. engaged in a nuclear arms race with the USSR, it led to the collapse of the "evil empire." It would be even more ironic that Obama launching nuclear rockets if this time around the tables on the ultimate loser are turned.

In the meantime, just think of all the GDP-boosting "broken windows" that would result from a nuclear war.

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Parrotile's picture

Threads was very carefully researched, and VERY authentic.

Remember, folks, in the "Pre-Thatcher" era when the UK NHS worked far better and had a higher bed count, the detonation of a SINGLE device  ( ~ 150kt or less) over ONE centre of population would produce more IMMEDIATE casualties than the ENTIRE UK NHS could cope with.

Let this sink in -

ONE "City Killer" 150kt DEVICE,


Add in the MILLIONS more from delayed effects, ALL FROM ONE DEVICE, and you start to realise why "Prepping for your post-nuclear apocalypse" is pretty futile, especially if you live within 100 miles of a target (which covers about 90 - 95% of Continental populations).

SilverRhino's picture

Both of those movies are scary as hell .... Threads was just utterly depressing.   

Jim in MN's picture

The 2000 adaptation of On The Beach is a knockdown sucker punch of a film.

Beautiful, and horrible, and sad, and beautiful.


Young Buckethead's picture

After Fukushima we're headed there anyway, nuclear war or not.

GE - Life Too Cheap To Meter.

AdolfSchicklgruber's picture
AdolfSchicklgruber (not verified) KesselRunin12Parsecs Feb 26, 2016 4:55 PM

Be comforted, your seven down votes are cuz you said "Jew"

flaminratzazz's picture

And think of all the hazmat cleanup we can all do when the power goes out and 99 nuclear reactors melt down. THIS is just the US.. world wide.. ho-lee-phukthat is a shiton of plutonium blowing around.

Lumberjack's picture

It'll make it easier for them to jump.

Patriot Eke's picture

Depending on where they land, they make glass too.

Bill of Rights's picture

Allies? Ha ha ha ha ha sure go with that.

TinFoilTiara's picture

I've been thinking about trying for a govt keyboard shill gig. Tell me, does it pay well?

Either that, or you're clearly OUT of your MIND. I'm guessing the former based on sentence structure.

Miles Ahead's picture

Hey, ssshhhh... You too @29.5... let it play out.  It's hilarious.  Let the newbies learn for themselves.  Part of growing up around here.  It's art.  Don't kill it. 

IndyPat's picture

This guy is a pretender.

Sadly, the real MDB left a while back. His satire and trolling were much higher grade.

peddling-fiction's picture

Pretender or not, he looks and sounds like an establishment troll.

Excusing somebody other´s sarcasm on a written forum is a bit lame. A /s tag will do.

The troll gets his message out anyways, and gets us to waste time on him, and not the issues at hand.

Tall Tom's picture

And how is it a waste of time formulating rock solid arguments to support your position?


MDB is a training session for when you really will need it.


He serves to strengthen your stand upon your principles.


Did you ever consider that a Tyler is spoofing as MDB?


I have read people claim that it is not the original MDB.


That may be correct.


Well maybe this is another Tyler spoofing as MDB.


Do you really think that these threads are not moderated?


Have you ever heard of passive moderation?


Do you think that there is a possibility that there is a point to MDB?


Has he ever been banned? Why?


No disrespect Tyler. I understand the point, sir.



peddling-fiction's picture

@Tall Tom

Agree 100%

Things are never the way they seem.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

Manning is one smart SOB, as soon as he found out he was going to Fed Prison, he new the potential for ass rape daily and wisely opted to identify as a female, presumably a lesbian one as well.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I think they brainwashed him.  Tested out a new mindwipe program on him.  Clockwork Orange 2.0

Ethelred the Unready's picture

Not everyone can tell when you are just being sarcastic.  Some sites request that you end posts like yours with /s. 

Transformer's picture

Well obviously, you haven't been around here much.

peddling-fiction's picture

It makes no difference if you use a /s tag or not.

Everybody will act upon the message as he or she sees fit.

roddy6667's picture

Trying to start a war? Go back to Israel.

ebear's picture

<<< This is brilliant satire
<<< this is getting really old

Lynx Dogood's picture

Sweet! Would you mind taking all of our politicans over to the Turkey Syrian border so they can have a meeting with the Russians about them minding their own busines. Don't forget John McCain and the DOD.


Holy Crap! Look at the troll's (MillionDollarBonus)web site, ROFL. When you need comedy:

DC Beastie Boy's picture

Fucking allies my ass, the US is about to bury both Saudi Arabia and Turkey as their governments and economy collapse. Sauds have over $2T in US debt that is undisclosed location that will disappear when their economy collapses while being led into the senseless Yemen war not to mention them killing thousands of civilians.

MDB, you're a fucking BOT and if you're not suck a big bag of hairy dicks.

RG_Canuck's picture

Sorry - buggered up - first post.  Should have been reply to milliondollarbonus.

What is your real name: Kagan, Nuland, Kristol?  Russia was invited by the legitimate government to help defend Syria from those (US) who should be minding their own business.

caribbean critic's picture

Typical response of a dumb stupid American, The only result of the war with Russia is the complete anyhilation of the USA! and a northern hemisphere that is uninhabitable for billions of years!

yogibear's picture

MillionDollarBonus you haven't figured out that that when all else fails they take us to war. Russia is against ISIS and we supported ISIS because of the Saudis.

Our foreign policy is dismal. We destabilized the middle east by ousting Sadam.
Iraq doesn't want us there. We support dictators.
The US messed Iran by supporting the Shah. We have failed with nearly every country we toppled since WWII.

Almost every war was unnecessary. Using nukes solves nothing and will destroy a few billion people. Guess there are a lot of people that want to self destruct in the major cities, like NYC and around the airports and bases. A 25 megaton nuke, which the Russians have can vaporize NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta Los Angeles, etc.

The U.S. Has No Defense Against A Russian Nuclear Attack. Really.

Russia has 22,000 Nuclear Weapons

7,000 of those warheads are available for the attack on the USA
SS-36 "Satan" has a number of 25 megaton warheads quite capable vaporizing cities as it triggers an air detonation above the cities. Plus all those multiple hits on bunkers. Only the Russians know where the missiles are targeted.

QuiteVoiceFromRussia's picture

Demonstrate what? Suppose Turkey and SA are nuked, US actions? Do nothing is the best option. Thus telling US ready to defend 'our country' is much safer than promising defend anyone else in this game.

SunRise's picture

We???  What is the We stuff  MillionDollarBogus?  You didn't ask me?  You just turned me upside down and made an contrived "We" out of it as though the whole world agrees with your position.  I do NOT!

Kiwi Pete's picture

Donald Trump? Is that really you??

Truthoutthere's picture

You are a dumb shit.Russia has been invited into Syria by the government of Syria.Every other country in there including yours is there illegally.In any case,according to many US military experts Russia would kick America's ass in an all out war.Stop fucking invading other countries.Can you people not understand this is why everyone else(who isn't blinded by Western propaganda) hates you? It shouldn't be this way.Stop causing war.BTW,both Turkey and Saudi Arabia fund ISIS.

Tallest Skil's picture

Fuck Turkey. They had no business being in NATO. Kick them out and let the Russians reclaim Constantinople for the Orthodox Church.

Kassandra's picture

Or maybe it was an older ICMB that needs to be replaced.

So what the hell, let's launch it and see if it flys.
I best guess.

Arnold's picture

It's an the old confidence game.

Look really really stupid to fake them out.

That's all I got.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Just another reason to not elect Hitlary aka "Greg Stilson"


Gawd, wouldn't that be nice ?

Solve the worlds biggest problem, and America's biggest problem right like that.


'murrican Lives Matter.

personal109's picture

Ya, toast all the useless pieces of shit that run our government and the people that lobbie for military industrial complex.


Meh, this is nothing. I remember when the " official nuclear weapons total " between USA and Russia alone was enough to kill everything on the planet 33 times over at least.

Which meant, they probably had enough secret squirrel weapons stashed away to bring that number up to times 100 at least.

Go long on cockroaches - they might survive. Nothing else will.

skinwalker's picture

Plenty of things will survive nuclear war. The DNA of plants and insects is much more resistant to radiation poisoning than vertebrates. 

cheech_wizard's picture

I for one welcome our new tardigrade overlords.

khnum's picture

Theres always been psychos  at the DOD  the difference is that these days theres no Kennedy or Mc Namara to keep them in check

IndyPat's picture

Got that right, Mandrake!
Those who would sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids.

McNamara to keep them in check. Yeah, buddy.

I had two uncles that McNamara "kept in check", for reelz. 4eva. For nothing.
Fuck that guy with fish heads.

flaminratzazz's picture

"maybe Obama is the anti-christ".. No the antichrist is coming to earth in a blaze of light and will do things that mimic Jesus. Heal the sick, raise the dead, etc. I hate religion but do study the Bible and the AC is going to be easy to spot. He is also going to be shot/whacked in the head, be dead for three days and rise again.. watch for it.

flaminratzazz's picture

Being an abomination to the Word (aka homosexual) it is no wonder you don't want to know God's word.