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President Trump responded to Little Rocket Man’s New Year’s Day speech in which Kim Jong-un warned, “The entire mainland of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear weapons, and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office.”
Trump tweeted that his own nuclear button was “much bigger,” more powerful, and fully functional.
A FOOTBALL AND A BISCUIT: How the President would actually activate “the button”:
The process for launching a nuclear strike is secret and complex and involves the use of a portable device housed in a bulky briefcase.
1 – Get out the biscuit: If the president were to order a strike, he would first need to verify his identify with codes unique to him.
The codes are recorded on a card known as the ‘biscuit’ which is carried by the president at all times.
New codes are provided each day by the National Security Agency.
2- Access the ‘football’: He would then access the ‘football’ briefcase containing secure communications equipment as well as instructions on how to verify his identity and transmit the command.
3 – Order an attack: The launch order would be transmitted to the Pentagon and Strategic Command via a radio transceiver within ‘the football’.
The secretary of Defense is told about the order, but does not have the power to veto it. — Daily Mail