THE US military has brought forward training drills after it was feared Russia could start a nuclear war, which secretly raised security levels to DEFCON 3. Every year airmen and women undergo a series of tough command and control exercises to test their ability to respond to a wide variety of threats from around the world. Vigilant Shield, carried out by the Canadian North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), and Global Thunder,

by Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) are usually carried out around November. But Express.co.uk can reveal NORAD has started its ‘Vigilant Shield’ exercise today, believed to have been brought forward from their scheduled date. Global Thunder is also thought to have been brought forward, according to a DEFCON watchdog which uses contacts from within the military and US government to share nuclear war information. FULL REPORT