Air Force denies report that nuclear bombers are being prepared for 24-hour alert


The Air Force is not preparing to put its B-52 nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert, the service said Monday, adding that a misunderstanding might have led to a report claiming those preparations are underway.

Updates to facilities, exercises, and training related to the B-52 Stratofortress aircraft at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana are done routinely to ensure the service is prepared, said Ann Stefanek, the chief of Air Force media operations at the Pentagon.

“We are not planning or preparing to put B-52s back on alert,” Stefanek said.

The report in Defense One on Sunday said the Air Force was preparing to put the long-range strategic bombers at Barksdale on around-the-clock alert for the first time since the Cold War ended. The report also pointed out that the alert order had not been given, and that officials were preparing for such an order if it comes. The Air Force, in its statement, did not call for a correction or retraction.

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