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A Minuteman III test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Defending the nation during a pandemic

Strategic Deterrence Unabated

April 2021, Number 11.02

“While much of the world scaled back or shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), with headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, continued business as usual in maintaining the nation’s deterrence posture. The command continued to fulfill its 24/7 real-world, global responsibilities, including strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations, global strike, missile defense, and analysis and targeting.

At the outset of the pandemic, new protective measures were implemented at headquarters and at units in the field to ensure the safety of assigned personnel while maintaining mission readiness. To inhibit spreading the virus, many personnel changed to teleworking from their residences and only the most critical personnel, including those required for the Global Operations Center, continued to work in the headquarters building. New procedures there ranged from temperature checks and contact management to emphasizing individual hygiene and contact tracing when someone tested positive for the virus. As virus-related procedures matured, most teleworkers phased back into daily work at the headquarters building...”

Excerpt from U.S. Strategic Command, “Strategic Deterrence Unabated,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 11, No. 2, 2021: 56-57.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.