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National Guard, Pentagon hold drills testing preparations for nuclear attack
Niles Niemuth, WSWS, May 2 2017

With little public notice, government agencies at the local, state and federal level, in conjunction with the Pentagon, began exercises at the end of last month war gaming the reaction of emergency responders and the military to the detonation of a nuclear bomb in a major Pindosi city. Contemporaneous exercises are taking place around the country involving thousands of emergency responders as well as members of National Guard units in New York and Michigan along with soldiers under the auspices of NORTHCOM. The Ardent Sentry exercises, a NORTHCOM training series which was initiated in 2004, have been focused on developing military support for the National Guard and local authorities in the event of natural or nuclear disasters. This year, however, Ardent Sentry 17, which took place between Apr 24-30, was focused on developing coordination between the National Guard, NORTHCOM and local authorities in the event of the detonation of a nuclear bomb in a major Pindosi city. Approximately 80 New York National Guard soldiers took part in exercises which simulated the detonation of a 10 KT nuclear bomb on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel, which commuters use to get to and from work in NYC every day. This was followed by full-scale training for soldiers in medical treatment, decontamination and search and rescue operations at Fort Dix in New Jersey. New York Air National Guard Brig-Gen T LaBarge, director of staff for the New York Air National Guard and commander for the drill, told attendees at a planning session in March:

An improvised nuclear device (sic – RB) goes off in NYC. A million people killed right up front, and 6 million people needing shelter and food and medical help for at least four days in the most complicated megalopolis in the world. This is graduate-level stuff.

FEMA also participated in the simulated nuclear detonation in New Jersey under the signature “Operation Gotham Shield.” Emergency responders from multiple jurisdictions ran through joint response exercises at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, simulating what it would take to provide aid to thousands of injured people. Members of the Michigan National Guard’s 46th Military Police Command also participated in the Ardent Sentry exercises last week, simulating their response to a 10 KT nuclear bomb being dropped on downtown Indianapolis. The army’s main component of Ardent Sentry was the Guardian Response 17 exercises involving 4,100 soldiers at its massive 1,000-acre Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana. The training grounds were prepared to simulate the aftermath of a nuclear attack, complete with partially demolished buildings and flaming automobiles. Video published by the military shows personnel in rubber hazmat suits digging through rubble, calmly carting mannequins and practicing decontaminating actors playing victims irradiated by the fallout.

Slightly smaller than the bomb that Pindostan the Jews dropped on Hiroshima at the end of WW2, an attack by a 10 KT nuclear bomb would completely demolish most of the buildings within a one-mile radius of the blast zone. The simulated blasts would have a devastating impact on New Jersey and Manhattan and effectively eliminate Indianapolis from existence. Emergency responders would not be seeking to aid those in areas immediately affected by the blast, as radiation levels would be too high and most people would have been vaporized, but areas within a 12-mile radius in which windows would be blown out and survivors trapped under debris. By some estimates, an attack of such a magnitude on Indianapolis would result immediately in nearly 60,000 injuries and fatalities. New Jersey would see at least 70,000 casualties from such a blast. On top of the massive destruction, the lingering toxic effects of the nuclear fallout would affect tens of thousands more. A ground blast would shoot a cloud of nuclear fallout into the sky which would extend for more than 50 miles, impacting potentially millions of people. In their comments to the media, military officials have insisted that the exercises are not related to the supposed threat from NK. Brig-Gen White told Battle Creek, Michigan’s News Channel 3:

This exercise is annual. It’s not prescribed with any of the world events going on right now. It’s not a reaction to anything going on in the bigger picture. We are charged with helping the nation in a time of disaster and that’s exactly what we train for and do.

However, these exercises are taking place as the Trump administration escalates tensions with NK, hyping the threat posed by the country’s small nuclear arsenal and repeatedly threatening to launch a preemptive war. Lurid claims have been promoted in the media that the government of Kim Jong-Un is close to developing nuclear-tipped missiles which could potentially hit the Pindo mainland. Citing Trump’s threats to NK, the Hawaii legislature passed a resolution last month calling on the Pentagon to assist it in the updating of its long defunct system of nuclear fallout shelters.

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