Nuclear Football: What is Nuclear Football and How safe it is, All you need to know
US President Joe Biden has temporarily handed over the command of the country to Vice President Kamala Harris for treatment. After this, now Kamala Harris will take over the command of the country as the US President. According to the constitution from America, the country can never live without a president. Apart from this, all the responsibilities are entrusted to the Vice President even in the event of the President’s power of thinking is exhausted. Biden will have to undergo anesthesia for the colonoscopy, which will leave the US President unconscious for some time.
Kamala Harris has control of two nuclear footballs
After the transfer of power by Joe Biden, the nuclear football of the US President has also come to Vice President Kamala Harris. The Vice President of America already has a copy of this nuclear football, but during the treatment of the President, the command of both nuclear footballs will remain with Kamala Harris. During the US Capitol riots in January, some protesters came close to the office of then-Vice President Mike Pence. Nuclear football was kept in this office.
Can Kamala Harris order a nuclear attack?
Yes, according to the US Constitution, Kamala Harris will operate with full presidential powers in Biden’s absence. During this, if there is a nuclear attack on America or if the threat of nuclear attack is felt, then Kamala Harris can order the attack. According to America’s nuclear policy, nuclear weapons can be used even if there is a threat of attack.
What is Nuclear Football?
There is always a black suitcase with the US President. It contains war plans, computer codes to approve attacks, and communication devices. Its weight is about 20 kg. It is also called ‘nuclear football’. At the same time, ‘biscuit’ is a card, on which nuclear launch codes are written. The US President always keeps this card with him. A similar nuclear football Vice President also has to deal with the situation of the President being incapacitated.
Inside is the secret communication system and launch code
Apart from this, another dark colored book is contained in this briefcase which contains complete information about the hideout in case of any attack. Inside this briefcase is an emergency broadcast system. Inside this nuclear football is a card 3 to 5 inches long in which the codes confirming the nuclear bomb attack are written. This card, which is used to see a credit card, is called ‘biscuit’. This biscuit has 5 alarms and is played if it is lost. Inside the briefcase is an antenna-mounted communication device, through which the US President can talk to anywhere in the world instantly.
Can a nuclear attack be carried out by pressing a button?
Technically there is no red button that can be pressed to launch a nuclear attack. For this, by following certain set rules and procedures, the army is instructed to carry out nuclear attack through hi-tech equipment. The purpose of the use of these equipment is that the US military can confirm that the commandant himself is their Commander-in-Chief. However, the power to declare war rests with the US Congress, not the President. But many presidents have sent troops to the front without officially declaring war.
Who runs ‘Nuclear Football’?
Someone very close to the President walks with him regarding nuclear football. Whether the President is in the White House, in the car, on a flight or abroad, this suitcase is always with him. This aide of the President walks with him in the same elevator. Stays in the same hotel where they are staying. Even Secret Service officers who protect the President protect this man. The suitcase is tied to his hands by means of a leather strap.
Why is this nuclear football dangerous?
There is no system to restrict the authority of the US President to launch a nuclear attack. However, there are some ways through which their decision speed can be slowed down. If it appears that America is in danger of a nuclear attack, then the President has only a few minutes to decide on the retaliation, assessing its seriousness. At one of his gestures, 925 nuclear bombs can be launched to wreak havoc all over the world. These bombs can cause 17 thousand times more destruction than the bomb detonated in Hiroshima. If the US President wants, he can also initiate a nuclear attack.
How dangerous is the disappearance of nuclear football?
American defense experts believe that this suitcase does not pose any threat to the world if it comes in the hands of an outsider. Such a layman would not have the launch code to fire a nuclear missile. Since the Capitol Hill incident, the Pentagon’s inspector general has been evaluating whether the US Department of Defense has adequately planned in the event the suitcase, known as the Nuclear Football, goes missing. In a letter dated July 19, the Pentagon’s IG Office ordered officials to review existing plans for action in the event of a nuclear football briefcase being lost, stolen or compromised in any way.
When nuclear football scared the whole world
There have been many times when nuclear football has forced the whole world including America to fear. In 2000, the then President Bill Clinton lost his ‘biscuit’ for several months. However, it was later traced. A similar incident happened in 1981 after the then President Reagan was attacked. His colleague could not reach the hospital with a nuclear football. At the same time, Reagan’s clothes were taken off before being taken to the operation theatre. The ‘biscuit’ was later found lying unattended in a plastic bag at the hospital.
Football has ‘control’ of 6000 nuclear bombs
According to an estimate, America has about 6,185 nuclear bombs, which can destroy the whole world many times. Of these nuclear warheads, 1365 have been deployed in bomber aircraft, surface-to-surface missiles and missiles mounted on nuclear submarines. Once the US President gives approval for a nuclear attack, the task of the War Room in the White House is to implement it as quickly as possible. If the US President gives ‘Go Code’, then no other officer can stop him. The missiles are then fired. Once missiles are fired it is impossible to recall them. The result is a catastrophe.
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