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    Rising Tensions: US Deploys Three B-2 Strategic Bombers to Asia Pacific

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    The United States has deployed three B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to the Asia Pacific on Tuesday, US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) announced in a Wednesday press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Tensions in the Asia Pacific have been on the rise in recent weeks as North Korea reportedly put its nuclear weapons on high alert, threatening a preemptive nuclear strike against US and South Korean forces.

    "Recent events demonstrate the continued need to provide consistent and credible air power throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," US Pacific Air Forces Commander General Lori Robinson said.

    Robinson noted that the deployment of strategic bombers ensure the US ability "to project power at a time and place of our choosing," and also improve interoperability with regional allies and partners.

    The US and South Korean militaries are engaged in a major military drill on the Korean Peninsula.

    Moreover, the United States has also been carrying out "freedom of navigation operations" in the South China Sea, actions that have been condemned by China.

    STRATCOM routinely conducts bomber missions and deployed earlier in March B-52 nuclear bombers to Europe.


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    • A = π r 2
      These 'rising tensions' are an illusory result of the US information campaign to exaggerate the extent of the land reclamation in the South China Sea.

      Additionally, China has infrasound weapons deployed on Scarborough Shoals to the north west of the Philippines. These devices utilize ELF wavelengths and could literally oscillate any inbound B-2s to destruction faster than you can say 'chow mein'
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      The b-2 is a first strike strategic nuclear bomber. Also a door kicker against sophisticated multi layer air defense systems. Other than that, retaliation.
    • A = π r 2in reply towendigo(Show commentHide comment)
      wendigo, it does have cruise ASM capability also - potential to attack Chinese vessels from a considerable distance
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      I wonder where they are based?????? :)
    • A = π r 2in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, i've read Darwin and Tindal in a couple of places, which would make sense in terms of distance to the SCS
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      michaelin reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
      ultravi01et, thanks, yes and especially darwin where there is a placid community as well as 2000+ USMC. I wonder what their security is like? I ask as it would make an enemy's job easier to know where the expensive hardware is located. So announcements of this kind do tend to help the combatants. :)
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      It does not matter where they are placed, there will not be war. But if there is a war, this time a tooth maybe for a tooth. Those war in the past mostly were free run.
    • A = π r 2in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, 1..2..3..4...United States Marine Corps!

      you're right, it's the bind that's always faced: on the one hand there's the need to communicate military assertiveness, on the other you need to reduce speculation about the exact scope of your capabilities to prevent effective counteraction.

      in all probability though, the Chinese will have known that this placement would take place even before the US themselves did
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      michaelin reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
      ultravi01et, true and I saw an article a little while ago about the B2 in australia as well. :)
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