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How a U.S. Nuclear Strike Actually Works

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What would happen if the president of the United States wanted to launch a nuclear weapon? Here are the steps the commander-in-chief would need to take. ---------- Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg?sub_confirmation=1 Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbusiness Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergbusiness/
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robert compton (3 hours ago)
Bloomberg really pushes too much propaganda to be taken seriously
Jolez _ (1 day ago)
boom bitch
brian capiral (3 days ago)
fake moon landing!!.. FAKE nuclear power.. .FAKE USA...
Prof2You Smithe (4 days ago)
You missed a few key steps and additional safeguards. However, nothing new for you all at Bloomberg.
Todd Willis (6 days ago)
Trump is such a maniac I bet that the military gave him a fake Nuclear "football" just in case he loses a twitter battle or something...
Jamie Clarke (6 days ago)
George Carlin's 'The Bigger Dick Complex' in action! 'My buttons bigger than yours!'
Marvelous David (11 days ago)
yall sum snitches lmao
paul the deceiver (12 days ago)
i pray they get hoist by their own petard
looneyburgmusic (13 days ago)
"The Pentagon must do whatever the CiC orders...." - There is no way in Hell that the US Military would carry out an unjustified, (and therefore illegal), nuclear strike order from Trump, (or any other President). The order would be declined, and most likely the US would quickly fall under a military "caretaker" government, until a new, (and hopefully sane), President could be elected.
Cody Rush (15 days ago)
"..cannot be called back" until SpaceX starts building em, that is.
Conquer Or Die (16 days ago)
Trump will fail at the challenge code. That's just too much for him.
The 1 (16 days ago)
quick question if a nuke was headed our way which state would you rather it hit and why ? I think Louisiana because i'm sick and tired of them getting hit by hurricanes and them acting shocked that it could happen even tho they live in a bowl next to the ocean or cali because they need a reality check
gowtham (16 days ago)
Why submarine? Does this mean some officers are working under the ocean everyday?
Zane Shute (16 days ago)
Yeah. They go on patrol for months at a time.
Lp Rammelkammer (18 days ago)
people do you all want to die you do not see what's coming to us the government wants our death they play with the weather with us humans wake up we will die for peace and love
xXnukerzXx (19 days ago)
Wait.. shouldn’t we put an option to abort missile? Only me? Huh...
Zane Shute (16 days ago)
Shouldn't be possible. You'd need more than just the keys to turn inside the launch consoles. You need the proper arming codes, of which there are many to choose from, but this hypothetical person shouldn't know. That's passed down from higher-ups if the decision to order a nuclear strike is agreed upon. Since all of the necessities to launch a nuclear weapon are in the hands of the military, it would be possible for some amount of people (it would have to be a lot of people working together) to go rogue and conduct an unauthorized launch... however unlikely that scenario is. But one person who happens to get their hands on a launch key wouldn't be able to do it themselves.
xXnukerzXx (16 days ago)
Zane Shute, what if somehow someone. Hijacks a nuclear missile... the key vaults in the nuclear submarines aren’t exactly indestructible...
Zane Shute (16 days ago)
xXnukerzXx That would leave it prone to sabotage or remote cyber warfare while it's in flight.
sandy (19 days ago)
Doesnt it contain any abort buttons? Even space rockets have that option.....
sandy (19 days ago)
Doesnt it contain any abort buttons? Even space rockets have that option.....
Furdt Lhast (20 days ago)
This is totally inaccurate. The first thing that will happen is a Tump tweet: “Say hello to my little friend, You little rocketman!”
ULGMX (21 days ago)
Korea need to keep its deterrence Iran with Nukes for peace and security is the world. Psychotic immigrant nation should not have. Such power
Bob Dillahunty (22 days ago)
WW3, where you at?
netbookeater (23 days ago)
I'm willing to bet there is no real life scenario where an abomb can be fired 5 min after the order.
William Long (24 days ago)
You guys skipped a step. The launch order must go from US Strategic Command to the TACAMO planes in the form of an Emergency Action Message. Then the TACAMO planes send the EAM to the subs.
Dimas Suryo (25 days ago)
what if you launch the nuke missile from the aircraft?
Anthony Heflin (26 days ago)
North Korea no longer wants war.
Justin X (26 days ago)
Donalds a savage!😂
Michael Rosetta (26 days ago)
so who ever thinks trump is gonna push the button is a fucken ideid
DaBoogie (1 month ago)
Ummmmm... You’re wrong.. The President does have a series of “buttons” that send predesignated orders to nuclear sites via the black suitcase computer. There’s also a phone but the President has the ability to supersede standard operating procedure in the event of an attack possibly resulting in national destruction.
Dmytro Kalsa (1 month ago)
I'm pretty sure they did it differently for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
C P (1 month ago)
They are wrong, some of the latest warhead technology allows rerouting mid-air.
yolo x (1 month ago)
You forgot to say than the secretary of defense has to agree too
Tom (1 month ago)
Haha.... CAN be cancelled. Maybe not called back.
Tyretes ! (1 month ago)
America, this is your president
Jonathan Sawyer (1 month ago)
Where the fuck are you getting your sources. Yes there is a self destruct option
Michael Joyce (1 month ago)
why is this on youtube
Thweet Htoo (1 month ago)
Keep that bottom away from Children.
Vladimir Putin (1 month ago)
Here in Russia we don’t need anybody to approve the launching of the nuclear weapon, I Say launch and they launch.
proboywantagh (1 month ago)
Doomsday Clock is 2 minutes to Midnight right now, it's actually scary.
Fitzgerald MacDonald (1 month ago)
Does anyone want to see my peepee?
Qishi Li (1 month ago)
How do you know? This kind of thing is top secret, isn't it?
Simon Cowie (1 month ago)
The president uses the briefcase known as the football Plus every missals has a abort button so it will crash into the ocean if they decide to abort
I Wanna fucking die xd (1 month ago)
lissa leggs (1 month ago)
Paul S (1 month ago)
All this goes out the window in a retaliation strike by us.
aidancarrington (1 month ago)
Rasional dicitions or memes..........🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 Sitisans of America I have made the decision to nuke the all of the rocket man's chins
maki hamdic (1 month ago)
I ain’t scared of nothing. We got Bruce Willis, Denzel, and Sylvester Stallone on our side.
MrVault Boy26 (1 month ago)
Get in the vault NOW
Kez (1 month ago)
Trump.... xD
Island_Kermode (1 month ago)
cool @ this hour in 22minutes (day not confirmed but it will be in the next 5 years according to the plan) the world will be destroyed. no worries people, life has no meaning and this is just saving you from a lifetime of garbage our governments are trying to control and manipulate us with. nukes are the only option to this madness, so be happy when they come. no their is no after life and no you dont need to worry cause when it happens its all over and we just seizes to exist. nothing wrong with a blank slate...
sooo .... this has got too far from an hypothetic situation to be full honest.
Anonymous Jeffry (1 month ago)
When you can order a Nuclear Strike faster than a Pizza.
The-Legit-Noob-13 (1 month ago)
well he just launch 1 to syria
Manju Shettar (1 month ago)
no he didn't... otherwise the world would be in ruins right now. you are just a misinformed, propaganda believing individual
MrSmythe24 (1 month ago)
Scary stuff
littlestrafe117 (1 month ago)
Why don't they use atomic bombs anymore?
DynamoDan (1 month ago)
Trump can launch a nuclear strike if he gets a 25 kill streak
Mathew Lengyel (1 month ago)
Actually you are wrong about not being able to "call back" the missiles. As long as they are still in range of the emitter, each SLBM or ICBM can undergo a self-destruct sequence (which can be relayed by satellites) to space-based re-entry vehicles to either blow themselves up directly (for test missiles) or render each warhead inert (on active missiles). This capability is kept "close to the chest" by the top Brass of the air force because if the enemy learned how to access the system, they could make our first strike ineffective. SLBM's have a different system that is satellite-based (for example, if a ship captain went rogue and launched his missiles intending to start a war between 2 nations - an Ohio Boomer has enough warheads (up to 14 per SLBM) to do that.
Xavier S (1 month ago)
The president of United States can blow all communist
Robert Eckhardt (1 month ago)
Where is the love in this mess of hate?
Jebacz Tivolta (1 month ago)
5 minutes to kill thousands of civillian people... great
ReSpawN (1 month ago)
So you are basically telling me that it takes only 3 people to agree and the world can end in 30 minutes? Fook.
I am a hater (1 month ago)
ReSpawN 5 mins*
God (1 month ago)
*i eat this bomb for breakfast.*
fjrVideos (1 month ago)
The meaning of Trumps tweet went right over your heads. When he said he has a bigger "button" he wasn't referring to an actual button. He was referring to something else if you know what Im saying...
Norcalguy916 Norcalggu (1 month ago)
WEEEEEE AAARREEEEE ALLLL GONNNNA DIEEEE!!!!! ...some day some time..... i hope i go out by heart disease....
IJustMadeAComment (1 month ago)
Im sure that Trump’s ‘debate’ with advisors would last less than 30 seconds so you can shave some time off there.
Fabian Peterkin (1 month ago)
It doesn't give me much confidence at all that the Americans elected trump to decide on launching a nuke
Mrazik. (1 month ago)
Soo, /undo doesn't work? :D
///ALEX C (1 month ago)
Thanks! This is a great pick up line. "Hey, so i know how to launch a nuclear warhead in orbit ahhh -puffs chest-, can i buy u a drink and formally detail u my knowledge into how this can be done? Heres the number to my room by the way.. " lol 😂
minuteman2012 (1 month ago)
5 icbm crews? We have 450 minuteman 3 missiles..and they are divided into squadrons of 10 each....
Arthur McGovern (1 month ago)
No vale dick
Dope Boy (1 month ago)
Once a nuclear missile is launched it can be brought back it will be self destruct in the Warhead will be with retrieved you don't know your stuff liberal
coffee at three (1 month ago)
Meanwhile.. 1. N.Korea's leader says "Fire the Nukes". 2. Nuclear rocket Troopers "Yes Sir" 3. Nukes fly. Time taken: 2 minutes.
serjeym (1 month ago)
I like this explanation no political bs just facts. Now a word to democrats if we trusted ur mokey with nuclear codes u can trust Trump for 8 years.
lukestanworthuk83 (1 month ago)
But the real question is where do the lipanzanner stalions come from?
Peppe Ddu (1 month ago)
Before launch, the nuclear missiles needs to be fueled up, pointed at a specific target, submarines needs to move into position, etc etc. That's the purpose of DEFCON, to get all these things ready before launch. AFAIK the president's nuclear-strike order cannot physically be carried out while at DEFCON 5.
Grand Moff Tarkin (1 month ago)
The President may have a bigger button than Kim's... But my battle station is fully operational.
PhantomMatrix (1 month ago)
That looks like it takes way too long! Probably be dead by then lol
Bob Thacker (1 month ago)
We don't even know if the missiles could fire, they are mostly very old
Baltimore TURK (1 month ago)
There is a new step in the launch procedures, First TWEET that you are going to launch then follow remaining procedures.
James P (1 month ago)
I'd rather my 13 year old had these codes than him
StephenAndrew777 (1 month ago)
Since we weren't nuked by Kim Jong Un, maybe you should consider taking that as a hint that maybe, just maybe, your president shouldn't be listening to you about what he is and is not, "allowed," to say to Our enemies on social media.
O (1 month ago)
Lets be honest. If there was ever a nuclear war. You can put your money on the USA starting it.
Deniz Erdal (1 month ago)
Mein führer, I can walk
zobitX (1 month ago)
Here's how North Korea launches its nukes: "Click" - missile launched. Total time=1 second.
Netchus (1 month ago)
I saw a documentary about the cold war. There was a nuclear warhead officer, who said the saftey lock for the rockets could get skirted with a string line and a spoon.
Jia L. (1 month ago)
It might take this long being the first to launch one, but when it comes to retaliation, I doubt it will take longer than a minute.
damonster5000 (1 month ago)
you sunk my battleship
The USA destroyed Indians, shackled blacks, dropped an atomic bomb on Japanese, burned by Napalm of Vietnamese, bombed Serbs - and aggressive policy is carried out by Russia and Putin. God, open the eyes of fools!
Fritösen Fritzgerald (1 month ago)
But first our worldmasters have to decide its time to vape us lol...
Fritösen Fritzgerald (1 month ago)
and deport themselves to steel mountain^^
Yujen Lin (1 month ago)
Also, when a submarine is unable to contact ground control or any other facilities after a set amount of time. the submarine is authorized to launch a nuke with the approval of the captain and vice-captain
Sloane100 (1 month ago)
I believe you are correct. Even though the Trident Missiles on Ohio class submarines have PAL's installed - there is a procedure that can be accessed by the two key method by the Captain and Executive Officers both inserting their keys into the weapons safe. Once they gain entry to the safe, there are sealed envelopes that contain the codes needed to verify a nuclear action order, and an envelope that contains instructions on how to proceed if they have not been able to contact their command.
Michael Nelson (1 month ago)
I'm Christian. so this stuff does not scare me. 😄
The Generalissimo (1 month ago)
However, it can be noted that these missiles are failsafe, in that if, need be, the warhead can be jettisoned or deactivated and with newer missiles, rerouted.
Roborav (1 month ago)
Abort button is needed but typical war monger American military give us a lame excuse that someone might hack into the nuke on its way. Yeah my ass they would. Just another reason to get rid of nukes forever and jail all war mongers.
iirossii2005 (1 month ago)
so then is it possible for a rouge sub to launch without orders?
Mr. Z. (1 month ago)
Toooooo complicated.... Kim just has to press the red button on a controler in his pocket, and bye bye world.
M Klock (1 month ago)
And that's why rocketman stopped acting up
F.O.M Cobra (1 month ago)
so wait we only got a 5 min window to stop the end of humanity as we know it? da fuck !?
SuicidePleb XD (1 month ago)
Thats why we cant have nice things...
Soap Mactavish (1 month ago)
Hella thought trump was vaping when he got off marine one
Jef Rey (1 month ago)
Once it fires it cannot be called back but it can be aborted which would cause it to self destruct.
Max Linden (1 month ago)
Depressing fuck nukes
john meme (1 month ago)
Is this after congress agrees to declare war?

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