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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

2008 United States Special Weapons News

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  • Los Alamos, New Mexico: Then and Now VOA 30 Dec 2008 -- What happens when you build a town in secret for one purpose - to build a bomb that could end a war? And what happens when the war is over? It is not always what you would expect. Just visit Los Alamos, New Mexico, the town where the atomic bomb was developed.
  • Army destroys last VX nerve-agent munitions Army News 29 Dec 2008 -- The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency marked the elimination of the last VX nerve-agent munitions from its stockpiles Dec. 24 with destruction of the last land mine containing VX at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Anniston, Ala.
  • U.S. President-elect Obama plans talks with Russia on START RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2008 -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama plans to resume talks on strategic arms reductions with Russia but negotiations will be difficult as two countries do not trust each other, a U.S. congresswoman said.
  • Nuclear surety inspection completed at 90th Space Wing AFNS 19 Dec 2008 -- The nuclear surety inspection that wrapped up at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Dec. 17, identified some deficiencies for the 90th Space Wing that require corrective action and resulted in an overall unsatisfactory rating for the wing.
  • U.S. delegation to visit Moscow for strategic security talks RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2008 -- A U.S. delegation will visit Moscow next week for talks on missile defense in Europe, arms reduction and other strategic security issues, the State Department said.
  • Air Force leaders chair first nuclear oversight board AFNS 12 Dec 2008 -- Air Force leaders gathered to discuss efforts related to reinvigorating the service's nuclear enterprise Dec. 10 at the Pentagon.
  • US Nears Nuclear Accord With Gulf Emirates VOA 12 Dec 2008 -- The State Department said Friday the United States is close to concluding a nuclear cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates, the UAE.
  • U.S. may offer Israel 'nuclear umbrella' against Iran - paper RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2008 -- New US administration will provide Israel with deterrent guarantees in case of Iran attack, an Israeli newspaper said.
  • Nuclear weapons decision awaits Obama IRNA 10 Dec 2008 -- One of the most important national security decisions facing President-elect Barack Obama will unfold in this remote valley of aging factories, where workers enriched uranium for the first atomic bomb of World War II, USA Today said
  • General Dynamics Awarded $52 Million Engineering and Support Contract for TRIDENT Ballistic Missile Systems General Dynamics 04 Dec 2008 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $52 million contract modification to provide operational support; field engineering, repair and return services; training; and system development for the U.S. and U.K. TRIDENT II (D5) Fire Control System (FCS).
  • US Commission Warns of Possible WMD Attack VOA 03 Dec 2008 -- A congressionally-mandated U.S. commission has released a report warning of a possible nuclear or biological attack somewhere in the world within five years.
  • Nuclear Mission Vital to U.S. Security, Gates Tells Minot Airmen AFPS 01 Dec 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled here today to emphasize the importance of the Air Force’s nuclear mission -- and in maintaining its long tradition of excellence -- to the men and women entrusted with carrying it out.
  • Boeing to Study ICBM Communications Security Enhancements Boeing 01 Dec 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received a $3.7 million contract from Northrop Grumman Corp. to evaluate enhancements to communications security and replacements for data-storage media for the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system. This contract is the second phase of risk-reduction work being done in advance of a major ICBM modification program planned for 2010.












  • Russia, U.S. sign $5 bln uranium sales deal RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2008 -- Russia and the United States have signed a trade deal allowing Russia to boost enriched uranium exports to the U.S., Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom said Saturday.
  • U.S. changes position on START-1 treaty - Sen. Lugar RIA Novosti 31 Jan 2008 -- The George W. Bush administration has changed its stance on the START-1 nuclear arms reduction treaty, and will agree to Russia's demands for a legally binding replacement, a Republican Senator said.
  • Army Destroys Half of Chemical Stockpile Army News 09 Jan 2008 -- As of Dec. 10, the Army has safely destroyed 50 percent of the United States' chemical-agent stockpile since beginning to comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention April 29, 1997.
  • 10,000th VX Rocket Eliminated at PBCDF Army News 04 Jan 2008 -- The Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility eliminated the 10,000th VX nerve-agent filled rocket Jan. 3.

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