strip alert

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Noun1.strip alert - a state of readiness for domestic defense aircraft; "the Air Force will keep fighters on strip alert at bases around the country"
alert, qui vive - condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action; "bombers were put on alert during the crisis"
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In September 1991, Bush ordered that the bomber leg of the US nuclear triad be taken off strip alert. In addition, all of the US Army's ground-launched tactical nuclear weapons were to be removed from forward bases in Europe and destroyed, along with associated warheads located in the United States.
As of March 2007, Noble Eagle aircraft flew some 44,000 sorties and were diverted from patrols or scrambled from strip alert more than 2,200 times in response to threatening activities.