Defense Secretary pays initial visit to Strategic Command HQ

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived at Offutt Air Force Base Thursday morning for a day of briefings at U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters.

Secretary Mattis arrived around 8:30 a.m. on the heels of his stop at a North Dakota nuclear weapons base Wednesday.

During the North Dakota stop, Mattis inspected a mock-up nuclear warhead in Minot, but there was no Kim Jong Un-like posing for photographs. He chatted with nuclear missile launch officers in their underground command post.

He cast his visit as part of an effort to ensure that the U.S. maintains the kind of nuclear firepower that convinces any potential nuclear opponent that attacking would be suicidal.

Thursday brought the stop at Offutt Air Force Base for classified briefings.

He planned to discuss USSTRATCOM's role in 21st century strategic deterrence with U.S. Air Force Gen. Hyten, commander USSTRATCOM, and senior leaders from the command.

U.S. Strategic Command employs tailored nuclear, space, cyberspace, global strike, missile defense, joint electronic warfare and intelligence capabilities that provide a holistic approach to deterrence and assurance.