Guarding America’s Nuclear Missiles Fields

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A Missile Alert Facility or MAF, where ICBMs are housed, is of the most guarded real estates on the planet, but how it is protected, and what happens is you get too close to it for a selfie, is #NotWhatYouThink #NWYT #longs

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  1. I have discovered that I am pedantic about the repeated references to "Security Police" and one mention of Military Police (that I heard).

    Per wikipedia: On 31 October 1997, the Security Police became the Security Forces, with all individual specialties being merged into one Security Forces specialist AFSC.

  2. It's also a strategic way of having other countries deplete their nuclear warhead stocks by targeting missile silos away from economic centers and leaving them with less capability of doing damage to large cities like New York or LA. Even if the enemy destroys all of the land-leg missiles of the nuclear triad, 70% of the nuclear stockpile is of the Nuclear submarine "Trident" variety.

  3. 16:42 I don't know of any SEAL team exercise, but I do know that a security team was charged with dereliction of duty and kicked out of the Air Force for not following proper procedures. The AF takes guarding of these sites VERY seriously.

  4. they're not really. you can find plenty of places which have been digitally altered on google maps. ICBM sites and military hardware storage sites are both scrubbed in many cases. The lot that is chock full of MRAPs near me is empty on Google maps but some of the parts of the vehicles didnt get erased so there are phantom wheels or hoods just floating randomly

  5. Did minuteman 3 maintenance in the usaf for 5 years. It was quite repetitive but at the end of the day, it was a very fulfilling job knowing what we were doing in the bigger picture. Miss the job every now and again but don't miss the military. Very good video friend. Seems like you did good research

  6. Good job on this one, brought me back to life the missile fields at Minot as a Security Forces officer. Just a few notes:

    1. While we still have Security Police on our badges and sometimes use the title, the title Security Forces is the title we most use and exclusively use in the missile field.
    2. The tactical response teams are called Tactical Response Force (TRF), or at least they were when I was in.
    3. Security Forces at the MAFs are the primary responders for recapture/recovery operations, TRF is used as rapid response backup and for assault into an occupied silo. TRF also provides aerial overwatch for nuclear convoys.
    4. I cannot confirm it what special operations team it was, but I can confirm that a special forces team gained control during an exercise. Security measures were updated afterwards and it hasn't happened again.
    5. It is the most stressful boring job ever, as even the smallest mistakes can be punished. Plus, these mistakes often get reported to the White House. Fall asleep on post? That'll trigger a Dull Sword call that the President will see, and entire chains of command have been fired over things like that.
    6. It's not just mental tests that qualify people to work around nukes, but the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP). PRP is not just about mental status, but also any drug dependencies, including prescription drugs, that can alter judgement, financial status, whether or not you support the existence of nukes, any foreign contacts, level of security clearance, and many more.

    Still, an overall great video. Just the way you pronounced MAF showed me you did a good amount of research, as that's how we said it.

  7. 3:23. Israel "aspires to [possess nuclear weapons]". Lol.
    They've got at least 200. Some on IRBMs in silos, most are air dropped tactical weapons.

    9:00. Only some of the early, liquid fueled, ICBMs were hypergolic. Hypergolic means the fuel and oxidizer will react spontaneously when mixed. Atlas was not. Titan 2 was hypergolic.

  8. Not SEAL Team 6, a “spinoff” group under Marcinko, SEAL Team 6’s founder. I know they were testing the security of a number of “sensitive sites;” I don’t know about ICBM sites specifically

  9. 9:04 The first-generation ICBMs used liquid oxygen and kerosene which are not hypergolic. The later ones that use hydrazine and nitric acid were storeable as those compounds are hypergolic, but they are also wickedly toxic and difficult to handle.

  10. When the USSR collapsed, the soldiers guarding their ICBMs and nuclear missiles just left their posts. The missiles were completely unguarded. I remember that there was a mad rush from NATO to get the new Russian government to secure the missiles before anyone got theirr hands on them. It's a damn miracle that (presumably) none of them were stolen

  11. fun fact: just like area 21, if you try to approach these bunkers you’ll be intercepted even before you reach the gates due to ground sensor’s picking you up. also this is one of the best postings to get 😂

  12. Given that it’s a nuclear Triad, we know there’s little value is trying to defeat launch sites. This means that they are less likely to be attacked. Instead, this points to there being more incentive to attack civilians, infrastructure, and government leadership.

    Perhaps other nations that lack a Triad are targeted at their launch sites, but adversaries of the US have no reason to attack missile silos when they are at risk from submarines and aircraft. This is the most depressing and disgusting part of MAD—once the missiles are launched by someone, there’s no reason to do anything other than attempt to kill as many people as possible, because there’s likely nothing left to lose by either side holding back.

    We must seek to reduce arsenals and proliferation and create peace through other means. We can’t rely on weapons and fear of death to keep problems at bay. Stability comes from prosperity and people having the ability to make decisions without fear of repercussions.

  13. Many years ago I was assigned on an admiral's staff in Japan. Also on the staff we had some representatives from the Army and Air Force. One of the Air Force guys over chow "lectured" me about how arduous the assignment was as a silo missile silo. He was adamant that the assignment was no different than being stationed on an SSBN.
    …yea except you're not underwater. Oh and there's no nuclear reactor a few feet away. Other than that….
    The food on the boat was probably better though 🙂

  14. I love your vids, but I’m gonna just lay it out for you. Hypergolic fuels are the ones used currently on most ICBMs if we’re not counting solid fuels. Hypergolic fuels have the advantage of being storable for very long times. What the original ICBMs, and most actual rockets used were cryogenic fuels. Those would be easier to work with, as they wouldn’t spontaneously ignite like hypergolic fuels and would have better efficiency (isp) and thrust, but they’d have to be fueled on site due to the fuels boiling off.

  15. We just had another successful Minuteman III test fire from Vandenberg SFB just this past Wednesday morning at a bit past 1:00 in the morning. I didn't stay up to watch it but it did wake me up when the sound finally hit the house, usually about 2 minutes after we see it go. I'm about 26nm due north of north base where the test silos are located. Between the occasional Minuteman tests and SpaceX launches, it keeps things interesting around here!

  16. I’m pretty sure missile sites have been known about for a while now, as part of the deterrence policy. The idea is that long before enemy missiles strike, you could get your own up in the air. And it shows off your strength by showing the number and type of sites you have

  17. Why doesn't the United States install ICBMs on trucks for mobile launch? Just like China and Russia. This can both improve missile survivability and cut security forces to save money.

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