Routine, but unnerving.
Key point: Just as they did during the Cold War, Moscow and Washington are sending their bombers to probe each other's defenses. Although commonplace, such missions are also risky.
The U.S. Air Force in early March 2019 deployed five B-52 bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana to the United Kingdom. Some of the eight-engine, long-range planes flew mock nuclear attacks on Russian soil.
The American operation mirrors Russia's own...
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