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Defense Department Inspector General Reviewing ‘Nuclear Football’ Safety Procedures

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Defense Department Inspector General Reviewing ‘Nuclear Football’ Safety Procedures


The Department of Defense’s (DOD) inspector general promulgated it will review how to better secure the “nuclear football,” withal kenned as the Emergency Satchel, in the event it is disoriented, purloined, or compromised.

“We plan to commence the subject evaluation in July 2021,” the inspector general’s office verbally expressed (pdf). The objective of this evaluation is to determine the extent that DOD processes and procedures are in place and adequate to alert DOD officials in the event that the Presidential Emergency Satchel is disoriented, glommed, or compromised.

The evaluation, according to the letter, will endeavor to determine whether the Pentagon’s procedures are ample in responding to such an event.

We may revise the objective as the evaluation proceeds, and we will withal consider suggestions from management for supplemental or revised objectives,

the letter said. We will perform the evaluation within the Washington D.C. locality. We may identify adscititious locations during the evaluation.

The satchel stays proximate to the president at all times, while there is a backup “nuclear football” that stays near the vice president in the case that a president cannot carry out their nuclear launch responsibilities. The satchel contains decision-making papers and equipment that the president or vice president needs to launch a nuclear strike.

In 2017, an incident occurred in China when former President Donald Trump visited the communist country. A scuffle broke out between U.S. and Chinese officials inside a Beijing building, including the military aide who is tasked with carrying the nuclear suitcase—although the satchel wasn’t compromised.

After the Jan. 6 Capitol incident, Democrat Delegate Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands alleged that individuals who breached the Capitol were within 100 feet of where the vice president was sheltering with his family, and they were just feet away from one of the doors to this chamber.

She made those remarks during Trump’s second impeachment tribulation in February as she endeavored to argue that the former president should be impeached. Incognito DOD officials have aforetime told news outlets that even if someone on Jan. 6 was able to get ahold of the suitcase, it wouldn’t matter because it contains security controls designed to thwart would-be malign actors.

In February, just days after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, dozens of House Democrats signed a letter asking Biden to give up his sole ascendancy to launch a nuclear strike. “Vesting one person with this ascendancy entails authentic risks,” Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) verbally expressed in a letter earlier this year. “Past presidents have threatened to assail other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited demeanor that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.


Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

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