Tue, Jun 02, 2009
Air Force Officials Publish New Nuclear Operations
Air Force officials at Maxwell Air
Force Base have published the newest version of Nuclear Operations
doctrine June 1 to replace the 11-year old existing doctrine.
One of the most significant updates to new Air Force Doctrine
Document 2-12 is the change in the focus of nuclear operations from
a Cold War stance to one more aligned with the current global
environment. The document outlines the Air Force's responsibility
for maintaining effective nuclear forces with the capability to
support national security deterrence goals.
"This translates to the ability to create a broad range of
integrated effects around the globe to achieve national security
objectives," said Gen. Norton Schwartz, the Air Force chief of
staff. Achieving this in today's environment means leveraging more
than 60 years of experience in nuclear operations to address modern
"Our nuclear capabilities integrate with a variety of
conventional air, space and cyber capabilities to dissuade and
deter potential adversaries," General Schwartz said. The doctrine
includes a new chapter that aggregates existing material on safety
and security from other areas of the previous edition and expands
the discussion and emphasis on nuclear surety.
"Nuclear operations remain essential and credible elements of
national security because of Air Force precision and reliability,"
General Schwartz said. [ANN Salutes Capt Jennifer Lovett, LeMay
Center for Doctrine Development and Education]
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