U.S. Strategic Command Ends "Deter And Detect" Nuclear Drill
May 19, 2014 • 9:28AM

The massive "deter and detect" nuclear drill conducted by the U.S. Strategic Command, over May 12-16, just four days after a similar Russian exercise, has come to an end. The U.S. drill, known as Exercise Global Lightning 14, was set to include ten B-52s and six B-2 bombers in an attempt to demonstrate U.S. military flexibility and responsiveness. The drill, which is meant to simulate a scenario in which the U.S. would have to protect itself and its allies in the event of a "strategic attack," is being touted as a chance to incorporate modern technology into U.S. drills.

The exercise was also designed to challenge and validate the responsiveness and flexibility of U.S. strategic military capabilities assigned to U.S.Strategic Command by the President. The U.S. Strategic Command has stressed that Exercise Global Lightning 14 has been planned for over a year and that it is in no way connected to real-world events, which refers to the similar Russian exercise and the war threat that looms over Ukraine.

After the drill was over, Adm. Cecil Haney, Commander, U.S.Strategic Command said: "The men and women involved in the exercise provided exceptional support during a challenging scenario. I can say with full confidence that U.S. Strategic Command remains capable and ready to meet our assigned missions."