• The Air Force is upgrading facilities at bases that house nuclear bombers.
  • But the Air Force and Strategic Command both say there are no plans to put those bombers on 24-hour alert.

US Air Force and from the US Strategic Command officials have said there are no immediate plans to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert.

Questions about plans for US bombers came after a Defense One report that facility upgrades at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana were part of an effort to prepare for an order to go to 24-hour ready alert with US nuclear bombers.

"We do this routinely as part of our organize, train and equip mission so our forces are ready to respond when called upon," she told Defense News, noting that a return to alert status was not imminent.