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August 2014 - United States Special Weapons News

  • NAVFAC Southeast Awards $110 M Contract for Nuclear Power Training Facilities at Joint Base Charleston NNS 30 Aug 2014 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $110 million firm-fixed-price contract August 20 to Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama, for construction of nuclear power training facilities for Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Charleston at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Nuclear deterrence: The silent sentinel AFNS 27 Aug 2014 -- Global conflict and instability have always been a part of human history, and America’s nuclear forces serve as the nation’s ultimate form of deterrence in a world where global engagements are becoming increasingly complex.
  • Trading places: Minot chosen as test base for crew swaps AFNS 27 Aug 2014 -- In order to implement new initiatives stemming from the Force Improvement Program, Minot Air Force Base was chosen as the test bed for two modifications currently underway within the missile community.
  • B-2 Spirits depart Andersen following routine deployment AFNS 27 Aug 2014 -- Three B-2 Spirits redeployed to the continental U.S. following a deployment here as part of U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.
  • ANG B-2 pilot surpasses 1,000 hours AFNS 26 Aug 2014 -- Lt. Col. Ryan "Poacher" Bailey, a Missouri Air National Guardsman surpassed 1,000 flying-hours in the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
  • Experts Concern About California’s Only Nuclear Plant Safety After Powerful Earthquake RIA Novosti 26 Aug 2014 -- California’s nuclear experts concern about the safety of the state’s only operating nuclear power plant Diablo Canyon after the strongest earthquake in nearly 25 years hit the region over the weekend, The Associated Press reports.
  • Ellsworth and Minot aircrews participate in inaugural aerial exercise AFNS 25 Aug 2014 -- Aircrews from the 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota and the 34th Bomb Squadron participated in the inaugural integrated standoff weapons exercise.
  • NNPP Addresses Integrity Issue at Nuclear power Training Unit NNS 20 Aug 2014 -- On February 3, 2014, a Sailor assigned to the Moored Training Ship (MTS 626) at the Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) in Charleston, South Carolina reported that an examination key was compromised. The exam key that was compromised was for one of the staff certification exams for one of eleven watch station positions at one of the two Moored Training Ships on the Charleston site.
  • Stratcom Conference Focuses on 21st-century Deterrence AFPS 13 Aug 2014 -- How strategic deterrence has changed and whether the United States is equipped for deterrence in the 21st century are among the questions that will be debated at the U.S. Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium in Omaha, Nebraska, Stratcom's commander said today.
  • Code change: Securing critical assets AFPS 12 Aug 2014 -- Once a year, the codes used to launch Minot Air Force Base's intercontinental ballistic missiles need to be updated. The manual process requires hundreds of Airmen work around the clock for three weeks straight to ensure all launch facilities are accessed and the missile code change is a success.
  • Air Force improves nuclear force manpower levels AFNS 07 Aug 2014 -- The Air Force will increase nuclear force manning at Air Force Global Strike Command missile and bomber wings beginning this fall, officials announced Aug. 7.
  • Cold War Deterrent Poses New World Safety Concerns VOA 07 Aug 2014 -- When the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, it marked the beginning of the age of nuclear weapons. Although the development and deployment of these weapons peaked during the Cold War, large arsenals still exist in the United States and Russia - and are on a a heightened state of alert. Recent scandals involving those responsible for handling nuclear weapons in the U.S. military have renewed debate about the risk, and the need, for such weapons.
  • U.S., Pacific Partners Begin Proliferation Security Exercise AFPS 06 Aug 2014 -- The United States and its Asia-Pacific partners are hosting a Proliferation Security Initiative exercise here, the first in what is to be an annual rotation.

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