by U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs
10/30/2015 - OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- U.S.
Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of nine U.S. unified commands under
the Department of Defense, will conduct Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER 2016
with components and tasks forces beginning Nov. 2, 2015.
GLOBAL THUNDER 2016 is being held in conjunction with North American
Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command's Exercise VIGILANT
SHIELD 2016, which aims to train participants in homeland defense.
In coordination with other combatant commands, services and appropriate
U.S. government agencies, USSTRATCOM conducts global operations to deter
and detect strategic attacks against the U.S. and its allies, and is
prepared to defend the nation as directed.
Exercise GLOBAL THUNDER is an annual command and control exercise
designed to train Department of Defense forces, assess joint operational
readiness, and validate the ability to identify and mitigate attacks
across all of USSTRATCOM's mission areas, with a specific focus on
cyber, space, missile defense and nuclear readiness. The exercise
provides training opportunities for USSTRATCOM to validate the ability
to posture components, task forces, units, and command posts to deter,
and if necessary, defeat a military attack against the United States and
to employ forces as directed by the President. To ensure resilience,
redundancy and survivability of our nation's strategic deterrent forces,
the scenario for GLOBAL THUNDER integrates nearly every conceivable
strategic threat to our nation and calls upon all the USSTRATCOM
capabilities that would be provided to geographic combatant commanders
in a real-world crisis: space, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance, global strike, and ballistic missile defense
capabilities. The exercise has been planned for more than a year and is
based on a notional scenario.
"The United States' ability to maintain a safe, secure, effective and
credible nuclear deterrent is foundational to our national security and
contributes to the security of our allies and partners," said Adm. Cecil
D. Haney, U.S. Strategic Command commander. "This exercise, and our
continued focus on maintaining key capabilities and skills, ensures
USSTRATCOM's strategic forces remain ready, 24/7, providing flexible and
credible options for the President and the Department of Defense."