Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
2007 United States Special Weapons News
- Air Force releases B-52 munitions transfer investigation results AFPN 19 Oct 2007 -- A senior Air Force official released results of the command-directed investigation stemming from a weapons transfer incident that occurred Aug. 30 when cruise missiles were loaded onto a B-52 Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and transported to Barksdale AFB, La.
- Transcript: DoD Press Briefing with Maj. Gen. Newton from the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 19 Oct 2007 -- Presenter: Major General Richard Newton, , Assistant Deputy Chief Of Staff For Operations, Plans And Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
- Air Force Relieves Commanders Involved in Nuclear Weapons Incident AFPS 19 Oct 2007 -- The Air Force has relieved three commanders and disciplined an undisclosed number of others in connection with an Aug. 29 "Bent Spear" incident in which nuclear-equipped missiles were unknowingly transported nearly 1,500 miles on the wing of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber.
- Nuclear Threat, Armed Conflict Reduction Highest U.S. Priority Washington File 11 Oct 2007 -- The United States has been a leader in promoting gradual nuclear disarmament and garnering broad support for international efforts to destroy dangerous stockpiles of small arms and light artillery.
- Northrop Grumman Celebrates Tenth Year as Prime Integrating Contractor for Nation's Land-Based ICBM Force Northrop Grumman 05 Oct 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today celebrated 10 years as the U.S. Air Force's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Prime Integrating Contractor, a highly successful effort led by the company to modernize and maintain the reliability, safety and security of the nation's land-based Minuteman III weapon system.
- Threat-Reduction Program Marks 15-Year Anniversary AFPS 29 Aug 2007 -- When the Soviet Union lifted its Iron Curtain after the Cold War, Moscow left behind a lethal legacy in former Soviet bloc countries -- arsenals filled with chemical and biological weapons, nuclear warheads, intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and submarines.
- Russian-U.S. talks on START-I to be held in Rome in Sept. RIA Novosti 30 Aug 2007 -- Russian-U.S. talks on a replacement for the START-I arms reduction treaty will be held in early September in Rome, a high-ranking Russian Foreign Ministry disarmament official said Thursday.
- U.S./Russia: Disarmament Advocates Call for More Nuclear Dialogue RFE/RL 28 Aug 2007 -- A roundtable discussion to debate U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation has painted a bleak picture on the future of arms control.
- U.S. Senator Lugar speaks for extending START-I Treaty RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2007 -- Russia and the U.S. should extend the START-I Treaty, which expires in 2009, or else negative consequences will result, U.S. senator Richard Lugar said Tuesday.
- Russia, U.S. to sign nuclear power cooperation deal in fall RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2007 -- A senior Russian nuclear official said Tuesday that a deal is likely to be signed with the United States this fall on the civilian use of nuclear power.
- Nuclear Power Industry Poised To Meet Challenges to Expansion Washignton File 14 Aug 2007 -- The U.S. nuclear power industry is tackling a lack of skilled workers, insufficient manufacturing capacity and other problems as it works to expand its capacity to meet some of the projected increases in electricity demand.
- Analysis: Cold War-Era Nuclear Debate Returns cfr.org 01 Aug 2007 -- Underneath the Iraq war debate and other more celebrated issues, a showdown looms between the Bush administration and Congress over a plan to modernize the nation's arsenal of strategic nuclear warheads
- U.S. Nuclear Weapons Strategy Delivered To Congress 24 JUl 2007 -- On Friday, 20 July 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates joined with the Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to submit to Congress a three-page statement on U.S. national security and nuclear weapons, entitled "Maintaining Deterrence in the 21st Century."
- India, US Making Last-Ditch Bid on Nuclear Agreement VOA 19 Jul 2007 -- High-level talks between India and the United States are going into an unscheduled third day in Washington in the hopes of overcoming obstacles to a controversial nuclear cooperation agreement
- Russia proposes drafting simpler START arms treaty RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2007 -- Russia has proposed to the United States that the sides draft a simpler version of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), a senior Defense Ministry official said Wednesday.
- U.S. House backs closer ties with Russia on nuclear materials RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2007 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved expanding cooperation with Russia's nuclear authorities and Defense Ministry under a nuclear materials protection program.
- Missile deactivation begins at Malmstrom AFPN 13 Jul 2007 -- The first Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was removed from a launch facility near Brady, Mont., July 12 as a result of the order to begin missile deactivation activities here.
- Joint Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov US Dept. of State 03 Jul 2007
- Bush, Russia's Putin Signal Cooperation on Nuclear Energy Aid Washington File 05 Jul 2007 -- Following an informal visit at the Bush family retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine, President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled a new spirit of cooperation on the peaceful use and spread of nuclear energy with a proposal to help the international community generate nuclear power.
- Russia, U.S. confirm intention to reduce strategic arms to minimum RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2007 -- Russia and the United States have confirmed their intention to reduce their strategic offensive arms to a minimal level and develop relevant agreements, Russia's foreign minister and the U.S. Secretary of State said in a statement Tuesday.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN ENHANCES NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE CAPABILITY FOR U.S. STRATEGIC COMMAND Lockheed Martin 28 Jun 2007 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has provided the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) with a network centric warfare capability that allows system users to create a collaborative, real-time picture of critical events on their computers, then simultaneously share that view with others
- Army Reaches Major Chemical Weapons Convention Milestone Army News 21 Jun 2007 -- The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency announced today the safe destruction of 45 percent of the United States' chemical stockpile, accomplishing a major Chemical Weapons Convention milestone well ahead of the other signatory nations with major stockpiles.
- Weapons Anti-Proliferation Initiative Draws More Participants Washington File 31 May 2007 -- More than 80 nations on six continents have committed to halting the spread of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related parts under a program launched by President Bush four years ago in Poland.
- Boeing Logs Five Years of On-Time Minuteman III Guidance Replacement Program Deliveries Boeing 28 Mar 2007 -- Boeing's [NYSE: BA] delivery of the 513th Minuteman III Guidance Replacement Program (GRP) Missile Guidance Set (MGS) last month to the U.S. Air Force marks five years of consecutive on-time deliveries.
- STRATCOM Commander: Safe, Reliable Deterrence Critical to Defense AFPS 21 Mar 2007 -- As the United States works to reduce its nuclear weapons stockpile, it must ensure it has enough safe, reliable weapons -- both nuclear and conventional -- to deter against the threats it faces, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command told the House Armed Services Committee today.
- U.S. retains right for nuclear tests if necessary - official RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2007 -- The United States reserves the right to conduct nuclear tests in the future, but hopes it will not be necessary, a U.S. government official said Wednesday.
- U.S. for cooperation with Russia on uranium enrichment centers RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2007 -- Cooperation between the United States and Russia to establish international uranium enrichment centers would help promote the safe and secure use of civilian nuclear energy, a high-ranking U.S. official said Wednesday.
- Report Urges Greater US Efforts to Secure Radiological Material VOA 14 Mar 2007 -- A new report by a U.S. government watchdog agency says the U.S. Department of Energy has made only limited progress in securing many of the most dangerous sources of radiological material in the former Soviet Union, leaving them vulnerable to terrorists
- Army Neutralizes 1,623 Tons of Mustard Agent, Meets Requirements for Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility Closure Army News 13 Mar 2007 -- The Army announced yesterday the completion of all requirements to close the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.
- U.S. Strategic Command Refines, Fields New Capabilities AFPS 09 Mar 2007 -- To adapt to the shifting national security environment, United States Strategic Command is refining and fielding new capabilities, the organization's commander said yesterday.
- Reliable Replacement Warhead Design Decision Announced 02 Mar 2007 -- The Department of Defense supports today's announcement by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration that it will proceed with the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program.
- Revisions made to operational doctrine AFPN 14 Feb 2007 -- The doctrine publication that describes the Air Force's role in countering the threat or use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons at the operational level of war was revised recently.
- Arnold conducts Minuteman motor test AFPN 12 Feb 2007 -- Arnold Engineering Development Center workers here successfully completed the first of eight scheduled Minuteman motor tests this year in late January.
- Deterrence keeps secluded Minuteman crew focused AFPN 09 Feb 2007
- Northrop Grumman Successfully Develops New GPS Range Tracking System for Minuteman III ICBM Northrop Grumman 09 Feb 2007 -- A newly certified Global Positioning System (GPS) range tracking system, developed for the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), was successfully flown at Vandenberg Air Force Base for the first time this week as one of the two independent tracking systems required for range safety.
- U.S. Urges Negotiations To Ban Material for Nuclear Bombs Washington File 08 Feb 2007 -- The United States urges prompt negotiations leading to a treaty to ban the production of the fissile material needed for nuclear weapons.
- Boeing Delivers 500th Minuteman III Missile Guidance Set Boeing 06 Feb 2007 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the 500th Minuteman III Guidance Replacement Program (GRP) Missile Guidance Set (MGS) to the U.S. Air Force and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) prime contractor Northrop Grumman Mission Systems during a Dec. 15, 2006, ceremony at Boeing's Guidance Repair Center in Heath, Ohio.
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