Air Force nuclear unit fails key test

Air Force nuclear unit fails key test

An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation's land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said a team of "relatively low-ranking" airmen failed one exercise as part of a broader inspection, which began last week and ended Tuesday. He said that for security reasons he could not be specific about the team or the exercise.

He said it did not call into question the safety or control of nuclear weapons at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. The base is home of the 341st Missile Wing, which is one of three nuclear missile wings. Each wing operates 150 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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Washington: An appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to approve or reject the Energy Department's application to store nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

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Times wires

Air Force nuclear unit fails key test 08/14/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:17am]

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