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Security Incidents

In January 2001 Sandia responded to a US Air Force "Dull Sword," a low-level incident involving a nuclear weapon. The incident occurred when uncharacterized electrical energy surged through a Minuteman III missile weapon system in its silo. Sandians immediately responded with engineering support from several organizations. Deploying on site, the Sandians assisted in the evaluation and disposition of the warheads. There was no apparent damage to the warheads, and they have been safely transferred to DOE/NNSA custody awaiting further disassembly and inspection. Sandia continues to guide the warhead inspection effort.

This category includes, but is not limited to, security incidents, Helping Hand/Covered Wagon incidents, Dull Sword incidents, unlawful entry to aircraft, sabotage or attempted sabotage to AF aircraft, any breech of aircraft security, acts of vandalism directed at AF priority resources, unauthorized entry into restricted areas, hijacking or attempts, unauthorized entry into a launch facility (LF), significant security incidents at AF sponsored air shows, and any damage to aircraft.



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