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Progress Hard to Gauge on Homeland Antimissile Program

July 22, 2014 Congressional auditors are complaining that a dearth of data is making it difficult to judge progress in improving a key homeland antimissile system. The Pentagon was ordered under a 2013 law to report to Congress on specific efforts it was taking to improve the performance of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense ...

Senate Bill Mandates Study of Nuclear-Arms Storage Sites

July 21, 2014 Senate appropriators last week approved a bill that would require the Pentagon to study how to modernize facilities storing U.S. nuclear warheads. Language inserted by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) during a committee mark-up of the fiscal 2015 defense appropriations legislation would give the Air Force three months to develop a ...

U.S.-China Nuclear Security Exchanges Hampered by Lingering Suspicions

July 18, 2014 Years after Washington accused China of nuclear espionage, the subject of resuming laboratory-to-laboratory exchanges among scientists remains a sensitive one. It has been 15 years since a congressional committee accused China of advancing its nuclear weapons program in the 1980s and 1990s by stealing thermonuclear warhead designs from the United ...

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Los Alamos Gets 'Inadequate' Safety Rating from Energy Dept.

July 16, 2014 The Energy Department has given a key weapons lab an "inadequate" rating for its latest safety record on "nuclear criticality," a measure of atomic stability. Los Alamos National Laboratory received the weakest nuclear criticality safety rating of all U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories, though its performance is assessed to be getting ...

State Department Downplays Extremist Seizure of Low-Grade Uranium in Iraq

July 11, 2014 The U.S. State Department on Thursday moved to reduce concern about the recent seizure of low-grade nuclear material in Iraq by Islamic extremists. Baghdad in a July 8 letter notified the United Nations that roughly 88 pounds of uranium compounds were now under the control of the Islamic State of ...

Mid-Level Management Is the Air Force's Latest Fix for Its Nuclear Problems

July 3, 2014 After several nuclear-sector lapses, U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command is creating a new position designed as a conduit between missileers and commanders. Each of the nine missile squadrons of the 20th Air Force will get its own assistant director of operations, or "ADOs," before summer's end, according to a ...

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Global Strike Command Adds New Job Type to Address Missileer Woes

July 2, 2014 After several nuclear-sector lapses, U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command is creating a new position designed as a conduit between missileers and commanders. Each of the nine missile squadrons of the 20th Air Force will get its own assistant director of operations, or "ADOs," before summer's end, according to a ...

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Federal Grants Bring New Cash to Local Emergency-Response Efforts

July 2, 2014 State and local efforts to improve public-health responses to a potential unconventional attack on U.S. soil are getting another infusion of federal funding. The Health and Human Services Department announced on Tuesday that it was awarding more than $840 million in fiscal 2014 grants to state and community public-health programs ...

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Audit Questions Savings in Pentagon Plan to Cut Strategic Command, Other Senior Staff

June 30, 2014 A Pentagon plan to cut costs by reducing senior staff at Strategic Command and other military headquarters may not produce significant savings, an audit says. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last year ordered across-the-board reductions of 20 percent of the budget of all military command headquarters. Congress directed its Government Accountability ...

The Pentagon Wants To Buy 14 More Ground-Based Inceptor Missiles

June 23, 2014 The United States on Sunday intercepted a target ballistic missile, ending a long losing streak of failed tests of its homeland antimissile system. The test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system took place Sunday over the Pacific and involved a strategic Ground Based Interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base, ...