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New Air Force ICBM commander: Cultural change will continue

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Air Force has put problems with misbehavior among nuclear launch officers behind it but won’t lower its vigilance and will keep implementing cultural change within the ranks, the new commander of the nation’s land-based nuclear missiles said Monday. Maj. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton formally took command of the 20th Air Force, which includes intercontinental ballistic missile ...

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Air Force approves airspace expansion over Northern Plains

PIERRE, S.D. — The Air Force on Friday approved a proposal to expand a bomber training area over the Northern Plains, despite concerns that the loud, low-flying aircraft could disrupt civilian and commercial flights, damage rural communities and harm the region’s growing oil industry. The Federal Aviation Administration will now examine the plan to expand the Powder River Training Complex ...

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As Air Force fixes nuke flaws, future debated

WASHINGTON — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. Less certain is whether it will find all the right fixes, apply them fully and convince a doubting force ...

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AP Exclusive: Botched nuclear silo drill revealed

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — An Air Force security team’s botched response to a simulated assault on a nuclear missile silo has prompted a blistering review followed by expanded training to deal with the nightmare scenario of a real attack. The Air Force recognized the possibility of such an intrusion as more worrisome after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But an ...

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Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

By The Associated Press The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation’s nuclear forces. On Thursday, the AP reported that security forces at a nuclear missile base in Montana failed a drill designed to test their ability to respond effectively to a simulated hostile takeover of a missile launch silo. Key ...

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