DOD Fights a Fake Nuclear War in Europe

U.S. Navy Adm. Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, briefs Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper on the orientation of the command’s battle deck at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Feb. 20, 2020. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander.

Russia fires a nuclear weapon at a U.S. installation overseas. The U.S. retaliates in kind. How does it all play out?

U.S. Strategic Command simulated that scenario for Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a visit this week to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The exercise is part of the Pentagon’s routine slate of wargames and other events that it uses to consider its steps if nuclear war erupts, and comes as the U.S. is pursuing so-called “tactical” nuclear weapons to counter similar assets in Russia’s stockpile. More about this article in link…