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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

April 2015 - United States Special Weapons News

  • Remarks at the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference US Dept. of State 27 Apr 2015 -- Remarks by John Kerry, US Secretary of State
  • Air Force nuclear mission embraces culture of empowerment AFNS 23 Apr 2015 -- The top military leaders for strategic forces from the Department of Defense, Navy and Air Force testified on the state of the nuclear enterprise to members of Congress April 22, during an Armed Services Committee hearing.
  • United States in contravention of NPT: Russia Press TV 22 Apr 2015 -- Russia has accused the United States of violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by deploying tactical weapons in European countries.
  • Washington 'Puzzled' That US Nuclear Weapons in NATO States Break Treaty Sputnik 22 Apr 2015 -- The United States is surprised by Russian claims that Washington is in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by placing its tactical nuclear weapons in NATO member states, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller stated at a press talk on Wednesday.
  • AF realigns B-1, LRS-B under Air Force Global Strike Command AFNS 20 Apr 2015 -- The Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force have directed the realignment of the Air Force's B-1 bomber fleets and Long Range Strike-Bomber program from Air Combat Command to Air Force Global Strike Command, effective Oct. 1.
  • Missile alert facility life: 60 feet under AFNS 18 Apr 2015 -- For 24 hours, two officers are confined 60 feet below a missile alert facility (MAF), to a metal pill no larger than an average bedroom. Containing a vast array of Cold War-era technology, the capsule houses the ability to launch nuclear equipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, with the power to do so resting in the officers' hands.
  • Russia Doubts Ratification of Central Asia Nuclear Weapon Treaty by US Sputnik 10 Apr 2015 -- In 2014, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and France signed the protocol to the CANWFZ treaty, which legally prohibits the use or the threat to use nuclear weapons against other treaty parties.
  • Defending the nation's ICBM force AFNS 07 Apr 2015 -- Before the sun has had a chance to peek up above the horizon, a two-person team opens the front door and steps out of a missile alert facility (MAF) into the chilly blackness. Their flashlights click on and they set off on a perimeter check. With one on the outside of the fence surrounding the MAF and the other right next to them on the inside, they begin a meticulous check of the MAF's exterior.
  • Polar Growl strengthens allied interoperability, bomber navigation skills AFNS 06 Apr 2015 -- Two pairs of B-52 Stratofortresses completed simultaneous, round-trip sorties from their U.S. bases of Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to the Arctic and North Sea regions, respectively, April 3.
  • Missile testing unit validates strategic deterrent AFNS 06 Apr 2015 -- The 576th Flight Test Squadron, which conducts Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, holds the unique distinction as the sole intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test unit in the Department of Defense.
  • AF Nuclear Weapons Center reorganizes AFNS 01 Apr 2015 -- The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) reorganized its structure March 30, realigning responsibilities, authorities and accountability to better serve the nuclear enterprise.

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