This web site is best viewed in full screen x and medium font with Internet Explorer 5 or higher and Netscape 6 or higher. This Global Strike chronology traces the evolution of Global Strike. Space is a separate Component Command. That event builds on Global Strike capabilities developed over many years to provide new offensive strike options to the President against proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. This chronology lists the most important of the developments that led to the creation of the Pentagon's newest and most offensive strike plan. Although Global Strike is primarily a non-nuclear mission, the information collected for this chronology reveal that nuclear weapons are surprisingly prominent in both the planning and command structure for Global Strike.
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Indeed, the U. Strategic Command which revealed that the Nuclear Posture Review and White House guidance issued in response to the terrorist attacks against the United States in September led to the creation of new nuclear strike options against states seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction. The document is the first authoritative evidence that fear of weapons of mass destruction attacks caused the Bush administration to broaden U. While its contents remain classified, the presumption is that it pertains to the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in the Middle East.
Would the United States use nuclear weapons against Iran? These include:. Even leaving the nuclear option on the table, the effectiveness of the various military options ranges from poor to terrible.
That is partly due to incomplete intelligence, because Iran is doing some of its work at sites that are unknown. There was no war. He also noted that the Israelis had good intelligence on Iraq, due to the fact that they were able to gain information from the French who made the Osirak reactor.
Attacking Iraq would be far more difficult as the distances to Iran are much greater and the terrain is more daunting, mountainous as opposed to flat desert. Plus, Iran has learned the lessons of Osirak and has taken steps to disperse and harden critical facilities.
It is the nuclear scientists and technicians — and they knowledge they have — which is the backbone of the program.
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