If the US were to be nuked, which states would likely be hit first?

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Mudassir Ali 10 months 1 Answer 138 views

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  1. I’d say states are not the top targets on Russia’s nuclear targeting list- military bases and infrastructure would top the list- I’d say this is pretty accurate since you ask specifically which states: I use Russia as a model since they have the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.

    1 California, San Diego home to Pacific Fleet,

    Some of California’s largest bases include:

    Naval Base San Diego: Home to the Pacific Fleet based on 32nd Street in downtown San Diego and houses more than 50 warships and other vessels. More than 200 commands and over 35,000 military and civilians are employed by the San Diego Naval Base.
    Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton/Marine Corps Air Station is home to more than 40,000 Marines and sailors.
    Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms is a live-firearms training base that promotes readiness training for operational forces.
    Edwards Air Force Base is the second largest Air Force base and home to the 412th Test Wing where they test and develop new technology and equipment.
    Fort Irwin is near Barstow and is the Army’s National Training Center for brigade-level maneuver warfare training center, providing training for ground and aviation brigades.
    Coast Guard: With California’s long coastline, there are some 20 Coast Guard stations and air bases throughout the state.
    2 Florida

    Florida has personnel from all branches of the armed services.

    Important commands in the state of Florida include:

    Special Operations Command near Tampa headquarters is located at MacDill Air Force Base.
    Naval Air Station – Pensacola is the cradle of naval aviation. Its tenant commands include the Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, the Blue Angels, and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command, which combines direction and control of all Navy education and training.
    Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City: All divers attend training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) here. NDSTC trains military divers from all branches of the service.
    The Coast Guard has more than 15 Florida bases. Drug interdiction, migrant immigration on the open seas, and saving lives of boaters in the open ocean and inter-coastal waterways are the main missions of the Coast Guard in Florida.
    The Air Force is well represented in Florida with training facilities and homes for Air Force Special Operations pilots, aircraft, and ground troops.
    Hurlburt Field is home to the Air Force Special Operations Command and the 1st Special Operations Wing located in the Florida Panhandle not far from Pensacola.
    Eglin Air Force Base is a joint Special Operations base housing commands such as Army Special Forces 7th Group, Army Ranger Training Course, and the Joint/Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School.
    3 Missouri Military Bases

    Missouri would primarily be targeted due to Whiteman AFB – Home of the B2 Stealth Bomber.

    In Missouri, the Army makes up the majority of military personnel in the state at Fort Leonard Wood. There are also Marine, Air Force, and Navy detachments who also share in the benefits of the training mission.

    The Air Force has the Whiteman Air Force Base which is home to the B-2 Stealth Bomber. The base operates as the as the B-2 launch point for targets anywhere in the world.

    The Coast Guard Sector Base in St Louis is responsible for the Upper Section of the Mississippi River.

    4 Texas Military Bases

    The major bases of Texas include:

    Fort Hood, located near Killeen. Fort Hood is one of the largest Army bases in the world and plays a large part in both tank training and tactics as well as anti-tank weaponry development.

    Fort Bliss near El Paso, Texas is the home of units that specialize in anti-aircraft and missile defense capabilities.

    Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio is considered one of the best medical training centers in the world. San Antonio Military Medical Center plays a critical role in patient care, graduate medical education and research, as well as taking care of wounded service members.

    Lackland is the Air Force’s only site for enlisted basic military training for all non-prior service Airmen of the regular Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve.

    Randolph Air Force Base: Since the Air Force was formed and required pilots to learn to fly airplanes, Randolph has been the premiere training grounds for Air Force pilots.

    The Coast Guard is represented on the Gulf Coast in Corpus Christi and Houston/Galveston.

    5 Alaska Military Bases

    The Army and the Air Force make up more than 75 percent of the manpower in Alaska at the Fort Wainwright, Fort Greely, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Most of the training operations prepare service members for operating in inhospitable winter climates whether on the ground or in the air. Missile defense and detection mission is a high priority for the Alaskan Soldiers and Airmen stationed there.

    Clear Air Force Station is one of many early detection centers for Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) coming over the Pacific or the North Pole.

    The Coast Guard has a large presence in Alaska with a variety of missions along the coastline and in the Bering Sea.

    The Naval Special Warfare Detachment Kodiak is a tenant of the base and uses the training areas for Winter Warfare for Navy SEAL Training.

    That’s my Top 5, and you’d have to add all states that have ICBM silos.

    The U.S. Air Force currently operates 400 Minuteman III ICBMs, located primarily in the northern Rocky Mountain states and the Dakotas. Peacekeeper missiles were phased out of the Air Force inventory in 2005. All USAF Minuteman IImissiles were destroyed in accordance with the START treaty and their launch silos imploded and buried then sold to the public under the START II. The U.S. goal under the SORT treaty was to reduce from 1,600 warheads deployed on over 500 missiles in 2003 to 500 warheads on 450 missiles in 2012. The first Minuteman III were removed under this plan in 2007 while, at the same time, the warheads deployed on Minuteman IIIs began to be upgraded from smaller W62s to larger W87s from decommissioned Peacekeeper missiles

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