How A U.S. Nuclear Strike Works
If President Trump decided to launch a nuclear strike, how swiftly could he put things in motion? Would he have the sole power alone to launch a nuclear missiles?
Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes that, according to an analysis undertaken by Bloomberg, the U.S. president’s power is absolute in this situation – he or she gives the order and the Pentagon is obliged to go along with it.
The following infographic provides an overview of the steps necessary to make it happen.
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It can take as little as five minutes from the president’s decision to strike to intercontinental missiles launching from their silos.
When it comes to submarine-launched weapons, however, it takes a little bit longer – approximately 15 minutes.