Global Strike Falls Victim to Budget Cuts

May 1, 2013

The Air Force has canceled its premier nuclear security exercise.

The Global Strike Challenge, a 4-year-old drill for security forces and other airmen responsible for protecting the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal, fell victim to budget cuts that already canceled a Red Flag, the main exercise of Air Combat Command, and the Air Mobility Rodeo, the top training program of Air Mobility Command.

“We regret canceling Global Strike Challenge this year, but we’re committed to resuming in 2014,” said Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, in a statement. “Global Strike sustains our culture of disciplined professionalism by putting our best airmen through the demands of high-visibility competition.”

Last year’s event featured about 480 airmen from seven bases, with the groups competing for the best bomber, missile and security forces crews. The airmen were selected by their commands to perform a series of challenges to test how they would handle emergencies. The goal of the challenge is to showcase the top bomber and intercontinental ballistic missile teams, encourage comaraderie between teams, recognize outstanding teams and improve combat capabilities through the competition, according to the command.

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