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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

(1966) STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND "THE STRENGTH OF SAC" PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR FIREPOWER





SAC-STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND OFFUTT AFB


USAF COMMAND AND CONTROL

AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CAME INTO EXSISTANCE, THEY HAD SURPLUS PROP DRIVEN AIRCRAFT AND ALOT OF OTHER HAND ME DOWNS BUT THANKS TO MEN LIKE GENERAL CURTIS LEMAY THEY TURNED THE USAF INTO A ONE COHESIVE TEAM ENTRUSTED WITH THE DEFENSE OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES FROM ANY ENEMY RED CHINESE OR COMMUNIST SOVIET UNION,AND THE KEEPER OF THE NUCLEAR GENIE ONLY USED TWICE,THE USAF WAS ENTRUSTED WITH THE TASK OF CARRYING THESE NEW WEAPONS OF WAR DEEP INTO THE ENEMIES HEARTLAND AND DECAPITATING ITS POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP AND ALSO KEEPING OUR ENEMIES FROM GETTING ANY NUCLEAR DEVICE INTO THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES,THIS NEW MISSION REQUIRED MANY DIFFERENT UNITS FROM THE DISTANT EARLY WARNING RADAR STATIONS, TO THE AIRBORNE ALERT CREWS THAT FLEW MISSIONS THROUGHOUT THE COLD WAR 365 DAYS 7 DAYS A WEEK, THE AIR DEFENSE COMMANDS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE NATIONS CITIES WHERE INTERCEPTOR AIRCRAFT IDLED WAITING FOR THE KLAXON TO SCRAMBLE AND INTERCEPT INBOUND ENEMY AIRCRAFT ALSO THE USAF MISSILE CREWS DEEP IN SILOS FROM MAINE TO CALIFORNIA ON CONSTANT ALERT READY TO SEND THEIR ICBMS AT WHATEVER TARGET OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF APPROVED AND THE OTHER ANTI AIR CRAFT MISSILE SQUADRONS OUTFITTED WITH THE LATEST MISSILE WITH A NUCLEAR WARHEAD, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE USAF TURNED A BUNCH OF SURPLUS BASES AND AIRCRAFT INTO PERHAPS THE WORLDS TIGHTEST AND DEDICATED BRANCH OF THE ARMED FORCES DURING THE COLD WAR WITH THE MOTTO "PEACE THROUGH SUPERIOR FIREPOWER" THE STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND CONTROLLED THIS NUCLEAR FORCE AND NEVER HAD AN ACCIDENTAL NUCLEAR EXPLOSION EVEN WITH MOST USAF AIRCRAFT CARRYING SOMETYPE OF NUCLEAR ROCKET OR BOMB.THERE WERE ACCIDENTS BUT NEVER A BROKEN ARROW TYPE EVENT ,THE FOLLOWING FILM WHICH WAS POSTED AWHILE BACK IS BEING SHOWN IN ITS ENTIRE TWO PARTS.


Introduction to SAC
Background
     World War II left in its wake a conflict in ideology between the United States and the Soviet Union that quickly escalated into what became known as the “Cold War.”  Toward deterring aggression, the U. S. built a vast nuclear arsenal, most of it under the control of the Strategic Air Command.  The Soviet premier banged his shoe on the United Nation’s podium and screamed wildly at the American ambassador, “We will bury you.”  SAC had over a thousand jet bombers that dared them to try.  Tensions peaked in October, 1963 when the Soviets placed nuclear tipped missiles in Cuba and aimed them at the United States.  Leaders of the two nations pushed “brinkmanship” to the limit and brought the world perilously close to nuclear holocaust. Years later, scientists discovered that a greenhouse effect would have resulted from such a confrontation.  A carpet of ash and debris would have orbited the globe and blocked out sunlight.  All plants would have died and this cataclysmic disruption of the food chain would have eventually destroyed all life on earth.
     Throughout this chaos, America’s nuclear armada was on a hair trigger.  SAC represented that its complex command and control technology precluded the possibility of an accidental nuclear war.  SAC said it was Fail Safe.  That just wasn’t true.  There was always the threat of an electronic or mechanical malfunction and the ever-present risk that the unrelenting pressure would cause someone to panic and “push the button.”
     During the 1970’s, tensions eased and both sides began a process of gradual disarmament. The next decade saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.  SAC dismantled many of it’s missiles.  Almost all of it’s bombers were placed in storage or scrapped for their metal.  One-by-one, it’s bases were closed.  In 1992, the Strategic Air Command was officially disbanded.  It was the end of an era.  Today the SAC museum maintains, “The Cold War didn’t just end … it was won.”  For forty years SAC’s motto proclaimed, “Peace is Our Profession.”  It had fulfilled that mission   Our planet survived the most trying moments of it’s nuclear age and without question it was the single greatest threat that mankind has ever experienced.  
   














OUTSIDE THE SAC HQ IN OFFUTT NEBRASKA "PEACE IS OUR PROFESSION" MISSING IS BUT WAR IS OUR TRADE"



SAC OMAHA NEBRASKA OFFUTT AFB THE NUCLEAR WARRIORS VALLHALLA
REFUELING THE STRATEGIC AIR ARM OF SAC THE B-52 LONG RANGE BOMBER STILL IN SERVICE ALMOST 60 YRS LATER WITH NO END IN SIGHT, IF IT AINT BROKE DONT FIX IT!




OUT ON THE WINDSWEPT PLAINS STAND THE USAF NUCLEAR INTERCONTINENTAL MISSILE SILOS AND LAUNCH CONTROL


THIS AIRCREW SCRAMBLES INTO THEIR B-47 STRATOJET BOMBER NOT KNOWING IF THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG TRIP INTO THE SOVIET UNION

THE RED PHONE HOTLINE IN THE SAC WAR ROOM THE PHONE IS PART MYTH AND PART TRUTH AND NOBODYS TELLING,


THE MOVIE THAT SURPRISED THE HELL OUT OF THE PENTAGON FOR ITS ALMOST REAL LIFE DEPICTION OF HOW SAC BOMBERS AND PROTOCOLS WORKED "DR STRANGELOVE" (here slim pickens go over the war orders for the plane war plan R "
THE WAR OR SITUATION ROOM WHERE UP TO THE MINUTE CONDITIONS ARE MONITORED WORLDWIDE

OVERSEAS BASE IN MOROCCO WHERE A WING OF USAF B-47s SIT ON ALERT WITH REFUELING AIRCRAFT

NEACP PRONOUNCED "KNEECAP" WAS THE ALWAYS AIRBORNE BEFORE ONE COULD LAND ANOTHER WOULD NEED TO BE AIRBORNE THIS WAS TO ENSURE THAT IF A SURPRISE NUCLEAR STRIKE HIT ALL COMMAND CENTERS ONE WOULD ALWAYS BE ABLE TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE NUCLEAR FORCE THE "NATIONAL EMERGENCY AIRBORNE COMMAND POST" FLEW THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE COLD WAR    EVERY DAY NIGHT ,HOLIDAY, NEACP WOULD BE MONITORING WORLD SITUATIONS WITH ITS BATTLE STAFF OF GENERAL AND OTHER HIGH ECHELON USAF MEMBERS THE OTHER BRANCHES OF THE ARMED SERVICES WITH NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES ALSO MAINTAINED AIRBORNE CPs THE US NAVY HAD "TACAMO" "TAKE CHARGE AND MOVE OUT" TO KEEP A COMMUNICATION CHANNEL OPEN WITH THEIR MISSILE SUBMARINES, EVEN TODAY AIRBORNE CP'S STILL FLY. 
(HERES A LITTLE MORE ON LOOKING GLASS)
THIS LINK HAS A LOT MORE ON SAC SO PLEASE VISIT IT BY CLICKING THE VIDEO BELOW AND RETURN WHEN FINISHED EVERYTHING THAT 
nebrasakastudies.org 
HAS ON THEIR SITE WE ALSO HAVE AND SHARE THE SAME INTEREST IN COLD WAR HISTORY
 Flying with the A-Bomb on Board:
"Looking Glass"

During the Cold War, military planners assumed that the Soviet Union might start a nuclear war at any time. Initially, the attack would have come from bombers flying over the North Pole, which is the shortest route between Russia and the U.S. SAC built a string of radar stations across Alaska, Canada and Scotland to provide about one hour of warning. Then ICBMs — Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles that could fly from continent to continent in minutes — were developed, and they dropped the warning time to 15 minutes. 

Crew of Looking Glass
Video
One of the last crews of the Looking Glass plane. In 1990, SAC was deciding whether or not
to end 24-hour-a-day flights for Looking Glass aircraft.
NET went along on one of their last missions.
See that video segment here
Planners had to prepare for the possibility that a nuclear bomb could destroy the underground SAC command center at Offutt with a direct hit. If that happened, the President could not command the thousands of bombers and missiles in SAC's arsenal. So, SAC developed a way to mirror all of the command and communication functions of the underground center in an airplane. Throughout the Cold War, one of the command planes was in the air at all times, 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year.
SAC began this mission in 1961, and it was nicknamed "Looking Glass" because the plane mirrored ground-based command, control, and communications systems. From 1961 through 1990, a Looking Glass aircraft, with a full crew of 24, was in the air at all times. Then, with the breakup of the Soviet Union and tough economic times in the U.S., the Looking Glass system was changed.
Instead of having several planes fully manned and one plane in the air at all times, now there are fewer planes and the planes are on alert, ready to fly but not necessarily in the air all the time. The actual plane itself and its equipment has been updated. The old plane was a EC-135 and models served for over 29 years. The new plane is a Navy E-6B. Based on the Boeing 707, the new plane can communicate with the President, underground missile silos, bomber crews, landing fields and even submarines under water. It has a crew of at least 15 and is ready to fly at a moment's notice.
GENERAL CURTIS LEMAY USAF FATHER OF THE JET AGE AND NUCLEAR AIR FORCE  AND A WORLD WAR 2 BOMBER PILOT FAMOUS FOR HIS  FIRESTORM TACTIC USED ON TOKYO



General LeMay & Bomber Deterrence



When Gen. Curtis E. LeMay became commander of the Strategic Air Command in 1948 he was appalled at the lack of professionalism in his bomber crews. LeMay rebuilt SAC and, in the process, presided over a huge change in the life of Omaha and Bellevue.
Gen. Curtis LeMay
Video
Gen. Curtis LeMay in an unfamiliar setting, the bridge of a Navy ship, watching one of the early atomic bomb tests
that SAC carried out.
You can see a history of SAC's deterrence role through the arms race
and Cuban missile crisis here
.
LeMay had been born in Ohio and saw his first plane at the age of four or five. He later said he was excited and ran after it. After graduating from college in 1928 he enrolled in the Army Air Corps. (The separate Air Force was not formed until after WWII.) In the 1930s, he was a decorated navigator and pilot. He took part in the first mass flight of B-17 bombers to South Americans in 1938, and he developed formation techniques that were later adapted to the B-29 Flying Fortresses over the Pacific.
At the end of the war, the General made a dramatic return to the United States, piloting a Super Fortress B-29 on a non-stop record flight from Japan to Chicago. When he arrived in the States, he was assigned to the Pentagon as the first Deputy Chief of Air Staff for Research and Development.
In October, 1947, General LeMay was selected to command the U.S. Air Force in Europe, where he organized air operations for the Berlin Airlift. As the Iron Curtain was descending between East and West Germany, Berlin was left in East Germany. The Soviets wanted to take over the entire city, including the sections of Berlin controlled by America and Britain. The Soviets imposed a blockade on West Berlin, cutting off all land and rail routes into the Western sectors. The Western Allies responded immediately by mounting a tremendous airlift. Under LeMay's direction, C-54 cargo planes that could each carry 10-tons began supplying the city on July 1. By the fall the airlift was bringing in an average of 5,000 tons of supplies a day. The airlift went on for 11 months — 213,000 flights the brought in 1.7 million tons of food and fuel to Berlin. The Soviets gave up and opened up the land corridors to the West.
Within a year, LeMay was back in the United States to take over of the newly-formed Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base. He was responsible for all of the nation's nuclear bombers and saw that an effective deterrence to the Soviets required a strong, threatening nuclear force. One of his first acts was to order a mock "attack" on Dayton, Ohio. All of the SAC bombers missed their targets — most by a couple of miles or so. LeMay was appalled and began an intense program of training and building up air bases around the country and eventually the world. It worked. Many who served under LeMay remember him as a tough leader who still cared for them deeply. Historian Vladislav Zubok says that Russian leader Joseph Stalin was enormously alarmed at the buildup of SAC:
"He [Stalin] had no — had nothing to — had no means to react to it, to deal with this situation. So he came up with desperate countermeasures almost. For instance one of, one of his reactions to that buildup of the SAC forces was to concentrate an enormous armored fist in Eastern Europe and Central Europe. And the idea behind it was — that was when these immense tank armies of, appeared in Central Europe — the idea was, okay, if they want to intimidate us with their, from their air bases, their strike from the air bases, we can intimidate them by our armor groups in Central Europe. If they strike at us, we strike at Western Europe. Of course it was not the same thing, but Stalin could not reach the United States. He was not capable of reaching the United States. No delivery means. Missile designers were still in the very beginning."
B-52 with armament
One of SAC's Boeing B-52 bombers with its full armament.
At Offutt, LeMay oversaw the building of over 2,000 family housing units for the increasing numbers of service personnel. He worked closely with Omaha civic leaders to build more housing in the city. His daughter, Jane LeMay Lodge, remembers when they moved to Bellevue (the town closest to Offutt) that it was "a town of 1,500 people. Mission, the main street, was the only paved road in town." Bellevue is now the third largest city in the state, behind Omaha and Lincoln, with 50,000 residents.
In nine years as the SAC leader, LeMay built an all-jet bomber force from the remnants of World War II. Under his leadership, plans were laid for the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile capability.
After SAC, LeMay was Chief of Staff of the Air Force and was involved in the Cuban missile crisis. He retired in 1965. He made a short foray into politics when he ran as a vice presidential candidate with George Wallace. General LeMay passed away on October 1, 1990.



A GREAT SHOT OF A B-47 TAKEOFF USING JATO JET ASSISTED TAKE OFF
HERE A SAC B-52 OUTFITTED "ACM NUCLEAR HOUND DOGS" GETS REFUELED DURING AN EXERCISE
MINUTEMAN MISSILE SILO NOTE THE ELECTRONIC ALARMS AND THE WHITE EMERGENCY ESCAPE HATCH




THE MEN IN THE SILO A QUIET LONELY JOB INTERUPPTED BY MINUTES OF SHEER TERROR AS EMERGENCY ACTION MESSAGES COME BLARING IN ANNOUNCING AN ORDER TO LAUNCH UPON CONFIRMATION OF ORDER, SO FAR THEY HAVE ALL BEEN EXERCISES BUT THESE GUYS NEVER KNOW WHAT THE WORLD IS GOING THROUGH MINUTE TO MINUTE

HERE A USAF BASE IS SCRAMBLING THEIR BOMBERS AS CREWS ON ALERT RACE UP IN VEHICLES AND JUMP INTO THEIR IDLING B-52 BOMBER AND GET AIRBORNE IN MINUTES NOTE THE HOUND DOG ACM UNDER THE WINGS (1967) 



TO GUARD OUR NUCLEAR SITES FROM TERRORISTS AND OTHER SABOTAGE THE USAF RED TEAM IS ON HAND ANY TIME ANY NUCLEAR DEVICE IS MOVED OR OPENED FROM THE GUNSHIP IN THE BACKGROUND TO THE ARMOR VEHICLE IN THE FRONT SHOOT FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LATER APPLIES! BEHIND THE ARE OTHER SUPPORT VEHICLES A SPECIAL TRAILER THAT CAN PULL THE MISSILE FROM THE SILO OR PUT IT BACK OTHER VEHICLES ARE ELECTRONIC JAMMING AND SATELLITE LINKED AND ALSO MONITOR FREQUENCIES,HOLD WEAPONS,A COMMAND POST AND ARE EQUIPPED WITH HEAVY CALIBER WEAPONS THIS USAF SPEC OPS FORCE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS INTERVIEWED OR PUBLICIZED AND HAS NOT LOST A NUCLEAR WEAPON OR HAD ANY SUCESSFUL ATTEMPTS TO ATTACK A MISSILE MOVEMENT


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(1968) USAF SURVIVE TO FIGHT ATOMIC WEAPON HITS ADC BASE JETS SCRAMBLE INTERCEPT SOVIET ATTACKERS

THIS IS A CLASSIC UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TRAINING FILM THAT IS BASED ON SURVIVABILITY OF USAF BASE OPERATIONS IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AFTER A NUCLEAR ATTACK,BASES LIKE THIS ONE WERE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES DURING THE COLD WAR PERIOD THE AMOUNT OF PRESSURE AND RESPONSIBILITY THESE MEN HAD HAD HANDLING NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT WERE USED ON INTERCEPTOR AIRCRAFT ,THE # AM SCRAMBLES INTO THE WINTER NIGHT NOT KNOWING IF THIS WAS FOR REAL AS BASE AIRCRAFT PEELED OUT LAUNCHING IN PAIRS SC REAMING INTO THE WINTER NIGHT WAITING FOR WORD OF WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE AIRMEN AT THESE BASES KNEW ANY ATTACK ON THE US THEY WOULD BE AMONG THE FIRST TO KNOW AND FIRST TO GO WHILE THE COMMUNITIES OUTSIDE THE GATES NEVER KNEW HOW CLOSE THEY WERE TO WAR AS THE BASES WENT TO DIFFERENT DEFCON LEVELS, THIS WAS NOT INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC. THE FILM STARTS AT NIGHT AND THE SAC AIR DEFENSE COMMAND LAUNCHES ITS F-101 INTERCEPTOR AIR CRAFT AND PREPARES TO RIDE OUT A NUCLEAR STRIKE AS CONFIRMATION OF INCOMING MISSILES IS CONFIRMED. THANKS TO A CLIMATE OF GUARDED DEFENSE THE AIR FORCE BASE IS ABLE TO BUILD DEFENSIVE AND SHELTER FACILITIES TO SURVIVE AND FIGHT AND AS A NUCLEAR DETONATION IS CONFIRMED ON BASE THE AIR FORCE BEGINS TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS SO ITS AIR WING CAN COME BACK AND RE-ARM AND RE-FUEL A GREAT SUBJECT THAT U.S. MILITARY FORCES HAD TO PLAN FOR AND TRAIN AND THIS FILM SHOWS WHAT THEY EXPECTED, THE REAL QUESTION IS IT REALISTIC IN ITS EXPECTATION? THE ONE THING IS THAT IT IS PRICELESS THAT THE USAF MADE THIS TRAINING FILM AND ITs QUOTES LIKE "HAVE NO UMBRELLAS,IF IT STARTS TO RAIN WE WILL LET YOU KNOW." AND "YOU CALL US BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T WE WILL BE CALLING YOU" WEIRD,.. BUT STILL GREAT PROPAGANDA!FILMED AT A SAC AIR DEFENSE INTERCEPTOR BASE LOCATED IN OXNARD, OXNARD AFB CALIFORNIA 1967 THIS IS BASICALLY WHEN CLOSING OF SAC ADC BASES WAS GOING ON ALL OVER (SUFFOLK COUNTY AFB LONG ISLAND NEW YORK) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NYC AREA FOR MOST OF THE COLD WAR.DURING 1968- EARLY 1970s MOST OF THESE AIR FORCE ADC UNITS WENT OVER TO FIGHT IN VIETNAM AND THAILAND AS FORWARD AIR CONTROL AND MUNITION LOADERS FOR USAF STRIKE PLANES USING IRON BOMBS INSTEAD OF ATOMIC MUNITIONS BOMBING NVA BASES AND NORTH VIETNAM AND THE ADC PILOTS AND BACKSEATERS WENT OVER ALSO, TO ME THESE GUYS REALLY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY PLUS ONE AND DESERVE BIG RESPECT , MY HATS OFF TO THE USAF AIRMEN OF ADC/SAC AND VIETNAM/THAILAND/LAOS

DEFCON THE ULTIMATE NUCLEAR WAR SIMULATION

NYC EMERGENCY BROADCAST PLEASE STAND BY FOR OFFICIAL INFORMATION (1980-1984)

USAF/SAC AT DEFCON ONE AND CONFIDENCE IS HIGH! "EXECUTIVE DESCISION" USAF'S NUCLEAR POSTURE

PROBABLY THE MOST TELLING STORY OF USAF MIGHT AND POWER AS WAR IS UNLEASHED ON THE AGRESSOR NATION WHO IS LATER IDENTIFIED TO BE THE SOVIET UNION, THE STOCK FOOTAGE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS BEING DROPPED BY B-47 STRATOJETS and B-52 BOMBERS ARE FROM ONCE CLASSIFIED USAF NUCLEAR TEST OPS. MOST OF THIS ENTIRE FILM IS FROM CLASSIFIED WARPLANS AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS, THIS HOMAGE TO SAC AND STRATEGIC AIR COMMANDS DEDICATION TO MISSION IS A JEWEL AND FROM A TIME WHERE THE WORLD WAS A TINDERBOX READY FOR SOMEONE TO STRIKE THE SPARK AND IGNITE A WORLDWIDE NUCLEAR CONFLAGRATION WHERE LIFE MOST LIKELY WOULD OF WENT THE WAY OF THE DINOSAUR AND ONLY MILLIONS OF YEARS LATER A FOSSILIZED REMAINS OF MAN WOULD BE DISCOVERED BY THE NEXT GENERATION THAT CAME FROM THE ASHES OF THE OLD, THIS FILM IS NOT KNOWN IF IT WAS EVER SEEN OR VIEWED OTHER THAN A HANDFUL OF HIGH RANKING USAF OFFICERS, SEE THE DESCRIPTION AND INFORMATION FROM THE NUCLEAR VAULT.COM --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "The Power of Decision" may be the first (and perhaps the only) U.S. government film dramatizing nuclear war decision-making. Commissioned by the Strategic Air Command in 1956, the film has the look of a 1950s TV drama, but the subject is the ultimate Cold War nightmare. By the end of the film, after the U.S. Air Force has implemented war plan "Quick Strike" following a Soviet surprise attack, millions of Americans, Russians, Europeans, and Japanese are dead. The narrator, a Colonel Dodd, asserts that "nobody wins a nuclear war because both sides are sure to suffer terrible damage." Despite the "catastrophic" damage, one of the film’s operating assumptions is that defeat is avoidable as long as the adversary cannot impose its "will" on the United States. The film’s last few minutes suggest that the United States would prevail because of the "success" of its nuclear air offensive. Moscow, not the United States, is sending out pleas for a cease-fire. The conviction that the United States could prevail was a doctrinal necessity because Air Force leaders assumed the decisiveness of air power. The founding fathers of the U.S. Air Force came out of World War II with an unshakeable, if exaggerated, conviction that the strategic bombing of Germany and Japan had been decisive for the Allied victory and that air power would be crucial in future conflicts. (Note 1) The film’s title: "Power of Decision" embodies that conviction. The title itself is a reference to a 1948 statement by General George C. Kenney, the Strategic Air Command’s first commander-in-chief: "A war in which either or both opponents use atomic bombs will be over in a matter of days...The Air Force that is superior in its capability of destruction plays the dominant role and has the power of decision." (Note 2) A confident statement made by one of the characters, General "Pete" Larson, near the close of reel 6 flows from that assumption: the Soviets "must quit; we have the air and the power and they know it." The story begins with Colonel Dodd, standing in the underground command post of the "Long Range Offense Force" (oddly, the Strategic Air Command is never mentioned by name). Dodd discusses the Force’s strike capabilities, its mechanisms for keeping track of its strategic assets, and its war plans. That hundreds of bombers, based in U.S. territories and overseas bases, are ready to launch at a moment’s notice is the "surest way to prevent war." Dodd does not think that the Soviets are likely to strike, but if deterrence fails and the Soviets launch an attack, "this is what will happen." What "happens" is the initial detection by U.S. air defense network of the approach of Soviet bombers over the Arctic Circle. That leads to General Larson’s decision to launch the SAC alert force under plan "Quick Strike"; airborne and nuclear-armed alert bombers fly toward the Soviet periphery, but stay at position until they receive an attack order (this was the concept of "Fail Safe" or "Positive Control" although those terms were not used in the film). About an hour after the alert force is launched, General Larson receives reports of attacks on U.S. bases, followed by more information on Soviet nuclear attacks on cities and military bases in Japan and Western Europe. "That does it," General Turner (one of Larson’s deputies) exclaims. He soon receives a call on the red phone from the Joint Chiefs, who with the President, are in a protected command post. The president has ordered the execution of "Quick Strike," releasing bombers and missiles to strike the Soviet Union. This simultaneous bomber-missile "double punch" is aimed at "all elements of [Soviet] air power" [bomber bases] along with "war making and war sustaining resources," which meant strikes on urban-industrial areas and urban populations. To depict the undepictable, the film’s producers use stock footage of nuclear tests and missile and bomber launches. Once it is evident that the Soviets have launched a surprise air attack, Colonel Dodd observes that "By giving up the initiative, the West must expect to take the first blow." This statement is not developed, but for Air Force planners, "initiative" meant a preemptive attack or a first strike. By the early 1950, senior military planners and defense officials had begun considering the possibility of pre-emptive attacks on the basis of strategic warning; that is, if the United States intelligence warning system collected reliable information on an impending Soviet attack, decision-makers could approve strikes against Soviet military forces to disrupt it. Consistent with this, Strategic Air Command war plans assumed "two basic modes" for executing strike plans [See Document One below]. () One was retaliation against a surprise attack; the other "plan was based on the assumption that the United States had strategic warning and had decided to take the initiative." The SAC strike force would then be "launched to penetrate en masse prior to the enemy attack; the main target would be the enemy’s retaliatory capability." In the last part of reel 6, Air Force intelligence briefings review the destruction of the Soviet military machine, including destruction of air bases, weapons storage centers, and government control centers, among other targets. "Target M," presumably Moscow, has "been destroyed" by a nuclear weapon which struck 300 yards from the aiming point. The Soviet attack has done calamitous damage to the United States, with 60 million casualties, including 20 million wounded, but evidence was becoming available of the "success" of the U.S. air offensive. The Soviet Air Force has been reduced to a handful of aircraft, it had stopped launching nuclear strikes outside of its territory, and SACEUR [Supreme Allied Commander Europe] reports the "complete disintegration of resistance" by Soviet ground forces. Moreover, cease-fire requests are coming in from the Soviets. In this context, General Larson’s certainty that the "Soviets must quit" conveyed prevailing assumptions about the value of strategic air power. Around the time when "The Power of Decision" as being produced, a statement by SAC Commander-in-Chief General Curtis LeMay made explicit what was implicit in Larson’s observation. In an address before the Air Force’s Scientific Advisory Board in 1957 [see Document Two], LeMay argued that U.S. strategic forces could not be an effective deterrent unless they were "clearly capable of winning under operational handicaps of bad weather and no more than tactical warning." And by winning, LeMay said he meant "achieving a condition wherein the enemy cannot impose his will on us, but we can impose our will on him." Larson’s statement about control of the air dovetailed exactly with LeMay’s assumptions about winning. Little is known about the production and distribution of "The Power of Decision," or even if it was actually shown. According to the history of the Air Photographic and Charting Service for January through June 1957, on 28 May 1956, the Strategic Air Command requested the service to produce the film, which would be classified Secret. SAC leaders may have wanted such a film for internal indoctrination and training purposes, to help officers and airmen prepare themselves for the worst active-duty situation that they could encounter. Perhaps the relatively unruffled style of the film’s performers was to serve as a model for SAC officers if they ever had to follow orders that could produce a nuclear holocaust. In any event, the script for "Power of Decision" was approved on 10 May 1957 and a production planning conference took place on 29 May 1957. The contract productions section of the Air Photographic and Charting Service was the film’s producing unit. The next step was to find actors with security clearances because even the synopsis of the film was classified secret (although later downgraded to "official use only"). As the Air Force was not in the business of hiring actors, the production unit engaged the services of MPO Productions, a New York-based firm which produced commercials and industrial films. [References to MPO, Inc. are on the index cards and on "The End" frame at the close of reel 6]. What happened next, when the work on the film was completed, SAC’s assessment of the project, and whether, when, or where the film was shown, cannot presently be determined, although the information may be in the living memories of participants or viewers from those days. Note: The relatively poor quality of this digital reproduction reflects the condition of the original reels as turned over to the National Archives by the Air Force.

PROPAGANDA No.2 "Your New Sound Of Freedom"

PROPAGANDA  No.2 "Your New Sound Of Freedom"
PUBLISHED FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE MISSION OF THE USAF AIR DEFENSE COMMAND AND THATS TARGETED FOR LONG ISLANDERS WHO LIVED NEAR SUFFOLK COUNTY AIR FORCE BASE IT WAS A PRIMARY ADC SQUADRON THAT WAS TO INTERCEPT ANY SOVIET BOMBERS OR OTHER UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT OF UNKNOWN ORGIN, SUFFOLK AFB BECAME PRIMARY WHEN FLOYD BENNET FIELD CLOSED AND CEASED OPERATIONS, THE CONVAIR F102-F-106 DELTA DART AND DAGGER WERE THE MAIN INTERCEPT AIRCRAFT FROM 1958-62 WHEN THE USAF DECIDED TO USE THE F-101 VODOO ALL WEATHER INTERCEPTOR, THE F-102-106 WAS USED BY THE USAF AT SUFFOLK AS WELL AS MANY OTHER AIRCRAFT THAT WOULD COME THROUGH THE AIRBASE, EARLY POSTS ON THIS BLOG HAS NUMEROUS PHOTO'S OF THESE DART LIKE AIRCRAFT AT THE BASE, THE EARLIER AIRCRAFT WERE F-86 SABRES AND THEY WERE PHASED OUT IN 1958, THERE WERE A FEW LOST AIRCRAFT OUT OF SUFFOLK AND EVEN A FALCON AIR TO AIR MISSILE AND THE INFAMOUS 1966 "STRANGE LIGHTS MOVING AT HIGH SPEEDS OVER THE SOUTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND" THE AD WAS TO DEFEND THE MISSION OF THESE AFB'S LOCATED IN SUBURBS AROUND THE U.S. WHO HAD THE JOB OF SCRAMBLING AND GREET ANY UNIDENTIFIED RADAR CONTACT.THROUGH THE END OF WORLD WAR 2 UP UNTIL 1970 THE STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND HAD THESE BASES SCATTERED AROUND MAJOR CITIES AND VITAL US DEFENSE CONTRACTORS, SINCE THESE AIR WINGS WERE ON ALERT THEY FLEW OUT CONSTANTLY AND 6-7 IN FORMATION FLYING LOW IS LOUD SO SUBURBAN AMERICA COMPLAINED ABOUT THE NOISE AND THE USAF AND CONVAIR STARTED A ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN TO INFORM AND EDUCATE JUST HOW IMPORTANT THAT SOUND IS. AND HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO HERE IT. DURING THE 1970s to PRESENT USAF/ADC AND OTHERB MILITARY BASES WERE CLOSED BY THE HUNDREDS, IMAGINE A CITY LIKE NEW YORK HAS NO AIR DEFENSE THE NEAREST ARMED AIRCRAFT IS 30 MINUTES AWAY , AND MOST CITYS ARE NO LONGER DESIGNATED MILITARY PROTECTION, THIS MAKES NO SENSE SINCE OUR MILITARY IS TO DEFEND THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AND I REALLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW OUR NATION CAN FORGET WHY WE HAVE ARMED FORCES. THEY ARE NOT FOR FIGHTING ON FOREIGN SOIL AND IF WE HAVE TO WE CAN SEND B-52S ON BOMBING MISSIONS, WE NEED TO LOOK BACK AT WHAT THIS NATIONS FOUNDATIONS WERE AND REBUILD IT, BECAUSE SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT!

USAF/DEFENSE NUCLEAR AGENCY (1970) MEETING THE TERRORIST THREAT- GUARDING USAF NUCLEAR FACILITIES

- Meeting the Terrorist Threat, Produced by the Defense Nuclear Agency - Early 1970's - 7:30 - Color - Since the emergence of the terrorist threat, the U.S. Governments concern about the possible terrorism against nuclear facilities has intensified. This video is a dramatization. It shows how the Government has responded to this threat. The video depicts nuclear security activities at an early nuclear storage site and how a small unarmed force of intruders easily enters under the security fence surrounding the site. The protective force subdues the intruders easily. In another scene, a well-armed terrorist team enters the base and kills a roving patrol with a well-placed sniper. Security forces finally overcome the terrorists after a superior counter-force arrives. On a third entry, a terrorist team enters the site under the cover of a fellow terrorist, hidden in the forest, armed with a heavy machine gun. This terrorist team reaches and penetrates a storage igloo after the roving patrol is killed, and the rapid response force is destroyed. However, the terrorists do not escape. When the superior security force appears with helicopter support and an armored personnel carrier, the terrorists, including the machine gunner, are killed. Since this film was made, the Department of Energy (DOE) has constantly improved the training and tactics of the security forces at each installation as well as the in-place security systems. With its modern day posture, it would be highly improbable that a small group of armed individuals could forcibly enter any DOE facility and escape with a nuclear weapon or any special nuclear

NEW!!!! ----GREAT FALLOUT SHELTER SONG 1961

(1975) RARE FOOTAGE OF ANG F-102s BASED AT SUFFOLK AFB (DECOM) FLYING OVER LONG ISLAND

THIS VIDEO SHOWS NATIONAL GUARD 2nd FIS FLYING F102s OVER EASTERN LONG ISLAND THE FLIGHT SCENES ARE DUBBED WITH A HORRIBLE MUSIC SOUNDTRACK "HIGHWAY TO THE DANGER ZONE" SO I ADVISE THAT YOU MUTE THE SOUND WHILE WATCHING THIS LAST OF THE CENTURY FIGHTERS BEING FLOWN AS INTERCEPTORS AND NOT TARGETS FOR MISSILE TESTS, THE SUFFOLK AFB NOW GABRESKI AIRPORT WESTHAMPTON HOME NOW TO THE 106th AEROSPACE RESCUE AND RECOVERY WING WHO OCCUPY AND USE THE OLD ALERT HANGARS AND USAF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT THE STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND "ADC" LEFT BEHIND WHEN THE SUFFOLK COUNTY AIR BASE WAS DECOMMISSIONED, EVEN THEN A NATIONAL GUARD UNIT USING F-102s WAS BASED THERE FROM 1969 - PRESENT.RARE CAMOFLAUGE F102s *UPDATE THE F-102 THAT SAT OUT FRONT TO PAY RESPECT TO THOSE THAT SERVED THE COLD WAR MISSION AND FLEW JET AIR CRAFT LOADED WITH LIVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS WAS SCRAPPED AND CUT UP ON BASE BY A SCRAP YARD IN A TOTAL DOUCHE BAG MOVE! I DONT CARE HOW BAD OF SHAPE IT WAS IN IT COULD OF BEEN SAVED AND SHOULD OF.JUST BECAUSE THE MISSON NOW INVOLVES HELICOPTERS YOU DONT FORGET HISTORY AND TRY TO TAKE THE LIME LIGHT BY DROPPIN A HELICOPTER IN ITS SPOT, YOU DISRESPECTED THOSE THAT SERVED A WAR COLD IN NAME BUT WAS A DIRECT THREAT AGAINST THIS NATION AND THOSE WHO FLEW THOSE JETS DURING THOSE YEARS WOULD OF GAVE THEIR LIVES TO KEEP THE POPULATION OF THIS COUNTRY SAFE, IT MAKES ME SAD TO SEE SUCH DISRESPECT AND PERSONALLY YOU CAN STICK THAT HELO UP YOUR ASSES!

COLD WAR PROPAGANDA No.41 (1951) USAF CARTOON RECRUITING COMMERCIAL

THIS USAF COMMERCIAL FROM THE EARLY 1950s MOST LIKELY WAS THE REASON AMERICA WON THE COLD WAR AND BEAT THE SOVIETS IN TO SPACE THE JINGLE IN OF FLYING DAH DAH DAH WITH CARTOON JETS AND PEOPLE PROBABLY CAUGHT THE EYE OF MANY YOUNG KIDS WHO TEN YEARS LATER ENLISTED AND HELPED KEEP THIS COUNTRY FREE OF ANY COMMUNIST AGGRESSORS, WE NEED MORE GOOD WHOLESOME RECRUITING PITCHES LIKE THIS ONE!

ATOMIC AGE PROPAGANDA (1951)

ATOMIC AGE PROPAGANDA (1951)