Pentagon: Inventory ordered of all U.S. nukes

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  1. Principessa

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    Pentagon: Inventory ordered of all U.S. nukes


    From Barbara Starr
    CNN

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates has formally ordered the Air Force, Navy and Defense Logistics Agency to conduct an inventory of all U.S. nuclear weapons and nuclear weapon-related materials to make sure all items are accounted for, according to a Pentagon memo released Thursday.

    The order comes in the wake of the discovery last week that four nuclear warhead fuses were accidentally shipped to Taiwan in 2006.

    Gates' memo, issued Wednesday, calls for all items to be accounted for by serial number.

    Pentagon officials said at a news conference Tuesday that Gates would call for the review in addition to a full investigation into how the shipment to Taiwan from a Defense Logistics Agency warehouse happened 18 months ago.

    The inventory review, which will involve thousands of items, is due to Gates in 60 days. Pentagon officials said the request was ordered, in part, because this latest incident comes after the August 2007 accidental flight of six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles on a B-52 bomber across the country.

    "At a minimum, your report should include the results of the inventory and your personal assessment of the adequacy of your respective department or agency's positive inventory control policies and procedures," Gates said in the memo.

    Four officers --- including three colonels -- were relieved of duty last year after a B-52 bomber mistakenly carried six nuclear warheads from North Dakota to Louisiana, the Air Force said.

    A six-week investigation uncovered a "lackadaisical" attention to detail in day-to-day operations at the bases involved in the incident, an Air Force report said.




    Interesting. I don't believe there are lost nukes. I do believe there could be two sets of inventory books though. :cool: I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out someone was trying to sell them on the black market.
     
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    Define lost ? Is that misplaced lost (like the car keys somewhere in the house) or stolen ? I concur, many sets of inventory records, the actuals for what you can physically count to reconcile for the taxpayer, what our media guide for our enemies need to think we have & then there's the spares that get leaked into the black market.
     
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    Back in the 90's some suitecase nukes were stolen or just went missing. Goverment secrets being sold to China like candy by spys. Our national security was forsaken for a blowjob and a cigar.
     
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    Sounds like a Rogue State to me. Better send in the Marines.

    Oh wait, oops.
     
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    Well, at least we won't be missing the season of "24" this year! We can live it in the flesh :eek:!

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