According to Defense One, the US Air Force is preparing to put its B-52 Nuclear Strike Force back on a 24-hour alert status. This will be the first time such an action has been taken since the end of the Cold War.

Call it another ominous sign of impending war, coupled with President Trump’s Executive Order amending his War Powers to recall thousands of retired military personnel should he deem it necessary.

“This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other U.S. Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”

Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come. That decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of U.S. Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the military’s nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North America.

This would be the first time the B-52s have been on a 24-hour alert status since 1991, according to Defense One.

The handwriting on the wall is becoming clearer and easier to read.