"Even before terrorists crashed hijacked jets into the World Trade Center towers and Pentagon out of a blue September sky, Al Buckles was getting ready for Armageddon.
On Sept. 11, 2001, a giant exercise called Global Guardian occupied Buckles and the rest of the U.S. Strategic Command’s staff at Offutt Air Force Base, along with military personnel at several other U.S. bases.
As the terror attacks unfolded, Global Guardian gave way to a real-world catastrophe. Though StratCom monitored the landings of thousands of civilian aircraft and accommodated a short-notice visit from President George W. Bush, the 9/11 attacks exposed big gaps in America’s readiness for terrorist attacks."
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