Monday, November 3, 2008

Pre-emptive nuclear strike a key option, Nato told

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 - The Pentagon is preparing new guidelines governing the use of nuclear weapons that foresee possible pre-emptive strikes against terrorist groups or nations planning to use unconventional weapons against the United States.

The draft document, the Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations, updates procedures for using nuclear weapons that were last changed in 1995. The plan is undergoing final review by the Pentagon’s joint staff and by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and it could be finished in the next several weeks, according to a Pentagon official. The document was first reported by The Washington Post.

Much of the document restates longstanding procedures for launching a nuclear strike, including declarations that such a decision requires explicit presidential approval.

A Pentagon official confirmed that a copy of the document posted on the national security Web site was authentic.

The Bush administration said in 2002 that a pre-emption strategy was necessary to deal with emerging threats from terrorist groups seeking unconventional weapons and from the proliferation of nuclear capability to numerous countries.

Although the unclassified document reasserts the longstanding American position that it will not make definitive statements about when nuclear weapons will be used, it describes several scenarios for using them, including circumstances under which pre-emptive use might be necessary.

The scenarios for a possible attack described in the draft include one in which an enemy is using “or intending to use” unconventional weapons against the United States, its allies or civilian populations. Another scenario for a possible pre-emptive strike is in the event of an “imminent attack from adversary biological weapons that only effects from nuclear weapons can safely destroy.”

The draft document also envisions the use of atomic weapons for “attacks on adversary installations,” including “deep, hardened bunkers containing chemical or biological weapons.”

A copy of the draft document dated March 15 was posted on a Pentagon Web site for several months but was removed over the summer, according to the Pentagon official, who said he could not explain why it was taken down.

The draft says that to deter a potential adversary from using unconventional weapons, the United States must make it “believe the United States has both the ability and will to pre-empt or retaliate promptly with responses that are credible and effective.” The draft also says American policymakers have “repeatedly rejected calls for adoption


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When you hear the cry "dull sword", you should start worrying. When you hear "bent spear" , get your geiger counter out. Hear the signal "broken arrow" or "empty quiver" and it is time to panic. "Nucflash" and it's probably all over.
The codewords are contained in a short but eerie booklet leaked to the Guardian. In language reminiscent of the cold war, it instructs personnel at RAF Lakenheath - the US air force's largest nuclear base in Europe - what to do in the event of an accident.

The Nuclear Surety Guide comes complete with a multiple choice quiz. But it is deadly serious and far from an academic exercise. At least two accidents involving nuclear weapons have occurred at Lakenheath. Both were covered up at the time.
The most serious was in 1956, when an American bomber skidded out of control into a store containing three nuclear weapons. Firefighters were ordered to ignore the four crewmen of the bomber and douse the flames engulfing the weapons.

An American newspaper which quoted a retired US general as saying it was possible that "a part of eastern England would have become a desert".

Carefully prepared procedures are not always followed in such emergencies. According to one account, panicking military personnel stampeded from the base. One American airman dashed from the gates of the base to hail a taxi, telling the driver: "Go anywhere - just get away from here."

Five years later, a US warplane carrying a nuclear bomb caught fire. The bomb was "scorched and blistered", according to an official report.

Cyril Brown, local councillor for the area, said: "There is a mind-set of cover-up around the base. We have no way of knowing what has gone on."

The US air force guide, printed in March 1999, says personnel must be specially screened in a "reliability programme". Personnel are assured they will receive "nuclear surety training before they are given access to nuclear weapons, weapons systems, or critical components".

However, it makes clear that even without mishaps, nuclear stockpiles pose a danger. "Nuclear weapons," it says, "emanate a certain amount of intrinsic ionizing radiation."

The aim is to keep "exposure to a minimum, consistent with operational requirements".

Lakenheath, in Suffolk, is the base for the US air force's 48th fighter wing. Its website boasts the exploits of US F15 bombers - "the world's most awesome air combat power force" - over Serbia and Iraq.

Both the US Pentagon and the ministry of defence adhere strictly to a policy of neither confirming nor denying the location of nuclear weapons.

The guide confirms their presence at Lakenheath. According to the independent US National Resources Defence Council, 33 tactical nuclear weapons are stored there.

Perhaps it is some comfort that in 1995, the base was awarded a special plaque for "outstanding achievements" to nuclear security.

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Broken Arrow A nuclear weapons accident that does not risk war but involves a nuclear detonation or burning of a weapon and a hazard to the public

Empty Quiver The loss, seizure, or destruction of a nuclear weapon or the 'inadvertent release' of such a weapon

Bent Spear An incident involving radioactive contamination

Dull Sword A nuclear safety deficiency that involves minor damage to the weapons

Nucflash A nuclear weapons systems accident leading to possible detonation and the risk of war

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