Global Thunder Drills Test Strategic Command Readiness

November 6, 2018 - 4:13pm

The United States Strategic Command, based at Omaha’s Offutt Air Force Base, concluded its annual global strategic deterrence operations after nine days of drills and exercises focused on preparing for a large-scale attack.


The joint exercise “Global Thunder 2019” began operations last week, planning and running mock drills with other states and foreign officers in countries like Australia, the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom. The primary goal of Global Thunder is to test the deterrence capabilities of nuclear weapons by land, air and sea along with responding to intelligence against potential enemies.

Patrick McVay, director of the joint exercises and training directorate at Omaha’s U.S. STRATCOM, says exercises like these are necessary to stay prepared and ready for any type of event.

“If we ever have to deliver a decisive response, we need to ensure that we have these capabilities, that we’ve practiced them, and that we have the capability to execute should that worst day ever happen. This is all part of being a combat-ready force." McVay said. "I can assure you and I can assure the American public ­– what we saw in Global Thunder - we are trained and ready and capable of executing this mission should it ever happen.”

The annual operations concluded Tuesday morning, with all staff and military personnel returning to regular duties.

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