On February 27, deputy director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security Matthew Kroenig was quoted in an article in the Mirror titled “Russian nuclear deterrent forces are on high alert – what this means for the West.” Kroenig explains that what Putin’s nuclear alert does is move the trucks, submarines, and aircraft that carry nuclear weapons to strategic launch positions.

The idea is that you [Russia] don’t want them [nuclear weapons] all in place as sitting ducks for the US to strike.

Matthew Kroenig
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