How’d Those Nukes Get There?

Imagined conversation between pilot and ground crew, after a B-52 took off from Minot Air Base and landed in Louisiana with “six cruise missiles carrying W-80 nuclear warheads:”:

CREW MEMBER: What are those?

PILOT: New boots.

CM: No, _those_.

P: Fuck…

From what Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said, it sounds like the Air Force is enforcing some discipline:

“The munitions squadron commander has been *relieved of his duties,* and final action is pending the outcome of the investigation,” he said.

“In addition, *other airmen were decertified from their duties involving munitions.*

Hans K has much more “over at his place.”:

And “this _ACT_ piece”: by Wade has a short discussion about the US decision to eliminate some of its nuclear-armed cruise missiles:

*Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ordered the Air Force last Oct. 17 to decommission all AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles (ACMs) and shrink the force of AGM-86 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCMs) to 528.* Air Force fact sheets from early 2006 reported the service had approximately 460 ACMs and 1,142 ALCMs.

In March 28 prepared testimony to the Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, *Air Force Major General Roger Burg said the service would not take “irreversible actions” to demilitarize and destroy retired cruise missiles until receiving “final congressional approval.”* No serious congressional opposition has emerged to the plan.


Big ups to Tristero for the “link.”:

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