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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

May 2019 - United States Special Weapons News

  • US Prepares to Destroy One of its Last Chemical Weapons Caches Sputnik 30 May 2019 -- The US Army will soon begin the process of destroying one of its last remaining caches of chemical weapons. Over 100,000 rockets, shells and other weapons containing poisonous agents have been stored at a Kentucky facility since the mid-20th century.
  • 'Like a Backup Pentagon': US Air Force REVEALS Secrets of 'Doomsday Plane' Sputnik 30 May 2019 -- One of the planes from the so-called "doomsday" fleet will temporarily become a "National Airborne Operations Centre" if a nuclear war erupts and US military command needs to sustain and control all operations worldwide while avoiding the aftermath of a nuclear weapons strike.
  • Trump Will Not Make Decision on Extending New START Treaty Until 2020 - Aide Sputnik 29 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump will not decide on whether to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia until 2020, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Biodefence Tim Morrison said.
  • US senate unveils $750-billion proposal aimed at China's growing influence Press TV 24 May 2019 -- The US senate has unveiled a draft bill that would authorize Washington to modernize its nuclear weapon arsenal, in a move to counter China's growing influence around the globe.
  • Large Bipartisan Majorities Favor Prohibiting President from Using Nuclear Weapons First Without Congressional Approval Program for PUblic Consultation 23 May 2019 -- A new in-depth survey on U.S. nuclear weapons policy finds that 68% of voters (including 59% of Republicans and 74% of Democrats), support Congressional legislation prohibiting the President from using nuclear weapons first without Congressional approval and a declaration of war. An overwhelming 8 in 10, of Republicans as well as Democrats do not support a policy shift in the Trump administrationís Nuclear Posture Review that explicitly declares the U.S. would consider using nuclear weapons first and specifies examples of non-nuclear attacks that would prompt such consideration.
  • UN chief warns of nuclear 'coffin' leaking in Pacific Press TV 16 May 2019 -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed alarm at the leakage of radioactive material from a concrete dome built to contain waste from atomic bomb tests by the United States amd France during the Cold War.
  • Senators Press U.S. Arms Control Officials On Fate Of Treaties RFE/RL 15 May 2019 -- U.S. senators clashed with two top arms control officials over the fate of several major treaties with Russia, as President Donald Trump's administration has suspended compliance with one and is undecided about a second.
  • USS Rhode Island Successfully Tests Trident II D5 Missile NNS 09 May 2019 -- The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) along with the U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) conducted a successful test flight of one unarmed Trident II D5 missile, May 9.
  • Trump, Putin discuss possible new US-Russia nuclear accord: White House Press TV 03 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin for over an hour, discussing the possibility of a new nuclear accord, North Korean denuclearization, Ukraine and the political situation in Venezuela, according to the White House.
  • Trump Says He Had 'Very Productive Talk' With Putin on Possible Nuclear Accord Sputnik 03 May 2019 -- Late last month, the US president indicated his intention to negotiate a major nuclear arms control deal with Russia and China, saying such a treaty should include 'all the weapons, all the warheads, all the missiles' in the countries' respective arsenals.
  • No Margin for Error: Nuclear Capability Must be Upgraded Now, Defense Official Says DoD News 02 May 2019 -- The U.S. doesn't have any wiggle room in the effort to upgrade its nuclear capability: modernization must be done now, without interruption, or the U.S. stands to lose its deterrence edge, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday.
  • US Signed Over $1 Billion in Missile Contracts Since INF Treaty Withdrawal Sputnik 02 May 2019 -- The US has signed over $1 billion in contracts for the development of new missiles in the three months since Washington announced it would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in October 2018.
  • True Size of US Strategic Arsenal Uncovered Despite Pentagon Secrecy Sputnik 01 May 2019 -- Earlier, the Department of Energy formally rejected a request for information on the size of the US nuclear weapons stockpile by the Federation of American Scientists, breaking with nearly a decade of practice.
  • F.E. Warren AFB tests Minuteman III missile with launch from Vandenberg US Air Force 01 May 2019 -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle May 1 from Vandenberg AFB, California.

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