Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hundreds of U.S. nuclear components lost

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Hundreds of nuclear missile components in the U.S. arsenal cannot be located, the Financial Times reports, citing unpublicized details from a Pentagon report. One official put the number of missing parts at more than 1,000.

The disclosure follows two nuclear blunders in the past year: the shipment of nuclear missile cones to Taiwan, and the cross-country flight of a bomber carrying nuclear warheads. Defense Secretary Robert Gates fired two top Air Force official who were blamed for the Taiwan screw-up.

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