(NationalSentinel) Preparedness: Most Americans expect our government to be ready for any contingency, but this one is spooky, to be sure.

As reported by Voice of Reason, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies will oversee and stage a nuclear strike drill codenamed “Operation Gotham Shield,” in which simulates a nuclear blast over the country’s largest city:

On April 18th thru May 5th, 2017, state, local, and federal organizations alike are planning for Operation Gotham Shield 2017 — a major nuclear detonation drill in the New York-New Jersey area, along with the U.S.-Canadian border. During this exercise, 4 nuclear devices, 2 of which are rendered “safe” during the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Vital Archer Exercise, and one successful 10kt detonation in the NYC/NJ area, along with one smaller detonation on the U.S./Canadian border are to take place.

A Department of Energy document outlining the drill is here.

Voice of Reason explains further:

  • The purpose of GS 17 is to evaluate the whole community effort to prevent, protect from,respond to, and plan initial recovery after the effects of an Improvised Nuclear Device attack using established exercises to achieve objectives in the relevant mission areas and capabilities
  • GS 17 will assess regional and national incident management and incident support capabilities, to include pre- and post- nuclear device detonation and recovery…

The drill is intended to evaluate protocols and test the capabilities and limitations of existing  resources that would be tasked with responding to such an event, and that’s perfectly understandable. Again, we want our government to be ready for any contingency.

But clearly, as tensions ramp up around the world with nuclear-armed states including North Korea, several someones in government - the Defense Department, FEMA, DHS, DOE, etc. - are concerned that a nuclear event is not necessarily imminent but entirely possible, and an attack would not necessarily come in the form of an ICBM.

It’s important to note that exercises like this one don’t just “happen.” They are scheduled months and sometimes years in advance, so it’s not tied to current events. In fact, Operation Gotham Shield 2017 appears to build on an earlier exercise, Operation Northern Lights 2016.

Still, it’s daunting and it puts the nuclear threat in a new perspective, given what is going on in the world.


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