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That status in which aircraft on the ground/deck are fully serviced and armed, with combat crews in readiness to take off within a specified short period of time (usually 15 minutes) after receipt of a mission order. See also airborne alert; alert.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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(9.) There are at least two ways to improve the survivability of a bomber-SSBN dyad: defenses against small attacks (ballistic or cruise missiles) and a day-to-day enhanced alert posture that keeps the maximum possible number of SSBNs at sea continuously and keeps one bomber base on ground alert
at all times.
In addition to those flying, we maintained forces on ground alert
FIND Suspicious object on ground ALERT
Police seal off part of cemetery in Belfast yesterday
Staff on the ground alert
ed police who were waiting on the Ta rmac.
Instead, ground alert
and selective flights would take eventually take the place of constant CAP.