Nuclear Weapons

Nation's Bloated Nuclear Spending Comes Under Fire

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- At Los Alamos National Laboratory, a seven-year, $213 million upgrade to the security system that protects the lab's most sensitive nuclear bomb-making facilities doesn't work. Those same facilities, which sit atop a fault line, remain susceptible to collapse and dangerous radiation releases, despite millions more spent on im... more

US Nuke Arsenal Still Controlled by Floppy Disks

Two maintainers work on a missile while it sits erect in its capsule. Malmstrom's first flight of Minute-man missiles went on alert Oct. 26, 1962. (U.S. Air Force/courtesy photo)

A Minuteman-3 missile with the power to cause 20 times the damage as the bombs dropped on Hiroshima lies underground in Wyoming, a relic of the cold-war still very much capable of being fired, controlled by archaic equipment also left over from that era. In a special titled "Who's Minding the Nukes?" by Leslie Stahl on CBS' 60 Minutes, the U.S.... more

Army Investigates Radiation Exposure at Fort Bliss

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FORT BLISS, Texas - Army investigators have detected radiation at a former nuclear weapons bunker at Fort Bliss and they're determining whether people on the West Texas post have been exposed, officials said Tuesday. Post leaders said contaminated residue was buried in the 1950s and 1960s, when the base was operated by the Air Force. A man who ... more

STRATCOM: Future Nuke Reductions Must Be Bilateral

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Any U.S. moves to reduce the size of its nuclear arsenal from the current levels should be done bilaterally and in negotiations with Russia, the head of the U.S. Strategic Command told a congressional panel on Tuesday. "I think in the long run … if we're going to engage in another conversation about reductions below the New START [Strategic Arm... more

Missile Sites, Oil Wells Co-Exist in North Dakota

STANLEY, N.D. -- Alongside more than 1,400 oil wells in Mountrail County are dozens of nuclear missiles, loaded, primed and ready to fire. The first produce more than 6 million barrels of oil a month and the second is the Pentagon's deterrent to a hostile attack against the United States. The sprawl of wells and drilling rigs puts oil-related ... more

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