(CNN)Some of the most critical US senior military commanders and nuclear and special operations forces are now operating under extraordinary protection measures to ensure that in the event of a sudden security crisis, including any potential nuclear mission, there will be enough healthy troops and leaders to carry out orders as the coronavirus pandemic grows.There have only been vague references to many of these measures, but taken together, they present a picture of how much worry and effort is going into ensuring the pandemic stops short of impacting the nation’s defense. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has publicly voiced concern that the military’s readiness must be maintained.”I think we will have moderate to low levels of readiness impacts,” Milley said March 24, if the number of military cases remains relatively low.In Colorado Springs, at the headquarters of NORAD and the Northern Command, so-called distributed operations are now in place. NORAD monitors US airspace against threats and intrusions, including Russian military aircraft. Northern Command is coordinating the military assistance for the pandemic. “We are isolating specific command personnel involved in critical mission areas, including homeland defense functions,” a US military official at the command told CNN.

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