Air Force Global Strike Command Eyes Changes in Second Decade

Air Force Global Strike Command?s second decade in business will be a busy one. Created in 2009 as Strategic Air Command?s post-Cold War replacement, Global Strike oversees the bulk of the Pentagon?s nuclear weapons and provides bomber aircraft for combat operations and deterrence flights around the world.

More than 70 years since a nuclear weapon was last used, and three decades after the Cold War ended, Global Strike is making changes to take on a new era of deterrence?one that spans not just nuclear assets but faster weapons and growing space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum concerns as well.

In a recent interview with Air Force Magazine, Global Strike Commander Gen. Timothy Ray discussed what the command is trying as it heads into the 2020s, facing a world in which Russia is not the standalone strategic concern for the US.