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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh talks to a reporter in his office at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Nuke troubles run deep; key officers “burned out”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trouble inside the Air Force’s nuclear missile force runs deeper and wider than officials have let on. An unpublished study for the Air Force, obtained by The Associated Press, cites “burnout” among […]

11/20/2013

This April 15, 1997 file photo shows an Air Force missile crew commander standing at the door of his launch capsule 100-feet under ground where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

AP EXCLUSIVE: Nuke officers left blast door open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or […]

10/22/2013

In this image released by the U.S. Air Force, a Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, John Parie)

Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation’s land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with […]

08/13/2013

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (AP Photo)

US to beef up missile defense against North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon announced Friday it will spend $1 billion to add 14 interceptors to a West Coast-based missile defense system, responding to what it called faster-than-anticipated North Korean progress on nuclear weapons and missiles.

03/15/2013

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