How A U.S. Nuclear Strike Works

If President Trump decided to launch a nuclear strike, how swiftly could he put things in motion? Would he have the sole power alone to launch a nuclear missiles?

Statista's Niall McCarthy notes that, according to an analysis undertaken by Bloomberg, the U.S. president's power is absolute in this situation - he or she gives the order and the Pentagon is obliged to go along with it.

The following infographic provides an overview of the steps necessary to make it happen.

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It can take as little as five minutes from the president's decision to strike to intercontinental missiles launching from their silos.

When it comes to submarine-launched weapons, however, it takes a little bit longer - approximately 15 minutes.