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Sol Neman
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DOD plans to remove 50 ICBMs from silos at 3 bases
DOD plans to remove 50 ICBMs from silos at 3 bases

'The Department of Defense announced on Tuesday that it plans to remove 50 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) from their silos to meet nuclear reductions called for under an arms-reduction treaty with Russia.

A press release from the DoD says that by February 5, 2018, the total deployed force will consist of 450 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launchers, 280 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) launchers, and 66 heavy bombers....'


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NUKE TROUBLES RUN DEEP; KEY OFFICERS "BURNED OUT"

'WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trouble inside the Air Force's nuclear missile force runs deeper and wider than officials have let on.

An unpublished study for the Air Force, obtained by The Associated Press, cites "burnout" among launch officers with their fingers on the triggers of 450 weapons of mass destruction. Also, evidence of broader behavioral issues across the intercontinental ballistic missile force, including sexual assaults and domestic violence.

The study, provided to the AP in draft form, says that court-martial rates in the nuclear missile force in 2011 and 2012 were more than twice as high as in the overall Air Force. Administrative punishments, such as written reprimands for rules violations and other misbehavior, also were higher in those years.

These indicators add a new dimension to an emerging picture of malaise and worse inside the ICBM force, an arm of the Air Force with a proud heritage but an uncertain future.

Concerned about heightened levels of misconduct, the Air Force directed RAND Corp....'


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Malmstrom nuclear launch officers tied to narcotics probe

'F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, WYO. — Hoping to boost sagging morale, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a rare visit Thursday to an Air Force nuclear missile base and the men and women who operate and safeguard the nation’s Minuteman 3 missiles. But his attempt to cheer the troops was tempered by news that launch officers at another base had been implicated in an illegal-narcotics investigation....'

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Malmstrom AFB nuclear officers cheated on proficiency test

GREAT FALLS - Nearly three dozen Air Force officers in the nuclear force at Malmstrom Air Force Base were found to have cheated on a proficiency test, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

"This was a failure of integrity," said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.

Major Laver, a public affairs spokeswoman at Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, which oversees all ICBM bases in the Air Force, told KRTV that the cheating happened at Malmstrom Air Force Base and involved 34 nuclear officers.

The cheating was discovered as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged drug activity among officers.

The cheating reportedly happened between August and September 2013.

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Analysis: Points to consider as Malmstrom probe unfolds

'On Wednesday, the Air Force announced that 34 missile crew members at Malmstrom Air Force Base were implicated in cheating on a monthly proficiency test. The nuclear world is complex and much of its work is classified or unreleasable as it relates directly to national security.

Here’s some key points to help understand the situation:

Who has been implicated in the cheating?

Thirty-four missile crew members have been decertified and their security clearances suspended. The group includes second lieutenants, first lieutenants and captains. Those are the first three officer ranks in the Air Force. Commissioning as an officer in the Air Force requires a four-year college degree. They were decertified from nuclear duties through the Personnel Reliability Program. It’s a Department of Defense program designed to ensure that nuclear duties are performed by reliable airmen and civilians. Removal from the program is nonpunitive and has three levels of removal from the program. To learn more about the program, read Wednesday’s Tribune story....'


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New commanders in place at MAFB

'With most of the top leadership at Malmstrom Air Force Base removed last week, the new leadership team came in quickly and quietly.

The new commander, Col. Tom Wilcox, assumed command of the 341st Missile Wing on Thursday, the same day Col. Robert Stanley announced he was resigning his command and retiring.

Wilcox previously served as director of the Security Forces Division and director of Installations and Logistics at Air Force Global Strike Command in Louisiana....'


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Thread: Now the Navy and Air Force nuclear officers are caught "cheating" on proficiency test
Thread: LIST OF NAMES -- Military Purge High Officers -- Terrifying
Thread: More go down! How many will fall? This is crazy!
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Defense Department to remove 50 Minuteman missiles from silos at 3 bases, including Malmstrom

'The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it will remove 50 Minuteman III missiles from their silos to meet nuclear reductions called for under an arms-reduction treaty with Russia.

The empty silos will remain in warm status, meaning they will remain fully operational and can be armed with missiles at any time....


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'...The empty silos count toward the non-deployed launcher limit of 800 under the New START treaty, which was ratified by the Senate in 2010 and entered force in 2011.

The determination of which missiles will be removed hasn’t been made yet and there’s currently no time line for that decision other than the New START deadline of February 2018....

....The 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and the most recent Quadrennial Defense Review state that the U.S. will maintain the nuclear triad, which includes ICBMs, submarines and bomber aircraft. The New START treaty allows the triad to remain, but in reduced numbers. President Barack Obama has called for further reductions beyond New START levels, which has met resistance in Congress so far.

Because the silos will remain fully operational, no ICBM squadrons will be cut, according to defense officials. An environmental assessment also is no longer needed. The environmental assessment has been a sticking point between the Defense Department and congressional lawmakers from nuclear states, including Montana’s delegation....'


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Re: DOD plans to remove 50 ICBMs from silos at 3 bases
Seems like a strange time to reduce these types of arms with all the rising tension between the US and Russia... you'd think such treaties would be cancelled.

Well, bright side... at least they are not sending them over to Russia right now ;)
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Seems like a strange time to reduce these types of arms with all the rising tension between the US and Russia... you'd think such treaties would be cancelled.

Well, bright side... at least they are not sending them over to Russia right now ;)
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Seems strange to me too. Also that they want to further reduce them beyond this according to the tribune article.

You're right...there's always a bright side to any issue.
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Seems like a strange time to reduce these types of arms with all the rising tension between the US and Russia... you'd think such treaties would be cancelled.

Well, bright side... at least they are not sending them over to Russia right now ;)
 Quoting: YouAreDreaming


Seems strange to me too. Also that they want to further reduce them beyond this according to the tribune article.

You're right...there's always a bright side to any issue.
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Yellowstone is going up....
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Re: DOD plans to remove 50 ICBMs from silos at 3 bases
Seems like a strange time to reduce these types of arms with all the rising tension between the US and Russia... you'd think such treaties would be cancelled.

Well, bright side... at least they are not sending them over to Russia right now ;)
 Quoting: YouAreDreaming


Seems strange to me too. Also that they want to further reduce them beyond this according to the tribune article.

You're right...there's always a bright side to any issue.
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Yellowstone is going up....
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I live within 200 miles...I won't have to try and survive the fallout that comes afterwards.

Good luck with that!
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