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December 2013 - United States Special Weapons News

  • Final B-52G eliminated under New START AFNS 22 Dec 2013 -- One rescue saw, two qualified technicians and less than 45 minutes later, the final B-52G Stratofortress accountable under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was eliminated Dec. 19 at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group here, commonly referred to as the Boneyard.
  • Haney Charts Way Forward for U.S. Strategic Command AFPS 18 Dec 2013 -- A month after taking the helm of U.S. Strategic Command, Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney is moving full steam ahead to continue bolstering the deterrence that protects Americans from what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel describes as "the world's most complex and dangerous threats."
  • Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg AFNS 17 Dec 2013 -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile Dec. 17 at 4:36 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • US-Russian Nuclear Conversion Program Ends VOA 11 Dec 2013 -- Uranium converted from Russian nuclear warheads has provided an estimated 10 percent of U.S. electric power in recent years. The 20-year 'Megatons to Megawatts' program has come to an end.
  • US-Russian Warheads-for-Fuel Program Completed RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- The last shipment of Russian uranium from nuclear warheads converted to reactor fuel arrived in Baltimore by sea on Tuesday, ending a program that has provided 10 percent of all US electricity over the past 15 years.

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