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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

November 2005 - United States Special Weapons News

  • Maintainers keep Minuteman IIIs ready AFPN 30 Nov 2005 -- Nearly five decades after the Minuteman entered the United States' nuclear arsenal as President John F. Kennedy's "Ace in the Hole," technicians here are working to ensure it continues on active duty for the foreseeable future.
  • New Antibody Shows Promise as Anthrax Cure Washington File 30 Nov 2005 -- Scientists funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases have engineered a new anthrax antibody that protects and defends against inhalation anthrax without the use of antibiotics and other more expensive antibodies.
  • For all B-52 flyers, all roads lead to the 11th BS AFPN 29 Nov 2005 -- For B-52 Stratofortress aircrew members, all roads lead to Barksdale, more specifically the 11th Bomb Squadron.
  • U.S., China To Cooperate on Detecting Illicit Nuclear Material Washington File 23 Nov 2005 -- The United States and China have agreed to cooperate on installing special equipment at Chinese ports to detect smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials, according to a Department of Energy agency.
  • Deputy Energy Secretary Recommends More Use of Nuclear Power Washington File 22 Nov 2005 -- Greater use of nuclear energy could help meet the world's increasing need for power to fuel economic growth, U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Clay Sell says.
  • Minot completes Minuteman emergency communications upgrade AFPN 18 Nov 2005 -- The 91st Space Wing completed the last modifications to its Minuteman minimum essential emergency communication network at the Oscar-01 missile alert facility in the Minuteman missile complex.
  • U.S. Urges Nations To Make Chemical Weapons Treaty Universal Washington File 10 Nov 2005 -- The head of the U.S. delegation to the 10th conference on the Chemical Weapons Convention says it has been a good year for the treaty because the number of signatories renouncing these weapons has grown to 175.
  • State Department Official Touts Nonproliferation Policy Washington File 10 Nov 2005 -- The current U.S. administration has undertaken more effective multilateral initiatives and more multilateral diplomatic efforts to block and roll back nuclear proliferation than any previous administration, a senior State Department official says.
  • Nuclear Proliferation Cited as Top Security Concern Washington File 10 Nov 2005 -- Threat of nuclear proliferation should be the top security concern for the international community, says Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • U.S. To Remove 200 Tons of Enriched Uranium from Weapons Washington File 08 Nov 2005 -- Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman announced November 7 that the United States will remove 200 metric tons of highly enriched uranium, also known as HEU, from the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.
  • USS Alabama Offloads Last of C4 Trident Missiles Navy NewsStand 05 Nov 2005 -- Distinguished visitors and the crew of USS Alabama (SSBN 731) came together to witness the decommissioning of the C4 Trident I Weapons System at the Explosive Handling Wharf on Naval Base Kitsap in late October.
  • Sensitive Nuclear Material Moved Out of Los Alamos Facility Washington File 03 Nov 2005 -- The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) says it has removed the most sensitive types of nuclear weapons-usable materials from a Los Alamos National Laboratory site to more secure locations.
  • Senator Lugar Proposes Expanding Cooperative Threat Reduction Washington File 01 Nov 2005 -- The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is proposing legislation to add the destruction of conventional arms stockpiles to existing U.S. programs for working with foreign countries to destroy unsecured weapons of mass destruction.

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