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#1 User is offline   kl0wn 

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 05:00 PM

"WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Defense Department accidentally shipped ballistic missile components to Taiwan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Four nose-cone fuses for intercontinental ballistic missiles were shipped instead of the helicopter batteries that Taiwan had requested, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said.

The fuses were shipped to Taiwan in fall 2006 and kept in a warehouse there. The Taiwanese military informed the United States last week about their presence on the island.

"There are no nuclear or fissile materials associated with these items," Wynne said. "The United States is making all appropriate notifications in the spirit of candor and openness in an effort to avoid any misunderstanding." Watch Wynne describe the fuses ╗

An investigation is under way, he added.

Ryan Henry, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said, "In an organization as large as DOD, the largest and most complex in the world, there will be mistakes. But they cannot be tolerated in the arena in strategic systems, whether they are nuclear or only associated equipment, as was in this case."

Henry said the parts were 1960s technology, designed for use with Minuteman ballistic missiles.

Officials said China, which considers Taiwan to be a renegade province, has been notified about the mistake.

The Chinese government did not immediately issue a response to the news.

Wynne said the missile components were first shipped from F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming to Hill Air Force Base in Utah in 2005.

On arrival at Hill, they should have been placed in the classified storage section, Wynne said, but instead were moved to a storage area for unclassified items.

He said stocks at the Utah base should be checked quarterly and a key part of the investigation will be determining how those checks did not turn up the missile parts before they were shipped to Taiwan.


It is the second nuclear-related mistake involving the Air Force in less than a year. In August, a B-52 bomber mistakenly carried six nuclear warheads from North Dakota to Louisiana. A six-week investigation uncovered a "lackadaisical" attention to detail in day-to-day operations at the air bases involved.

The Air Force said it relieved four officers, including three colonels, and other personnel lost their certification to handle sensitive weaponry."

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 05:16 PM

Dirty Acronym? I wonder how hard the DOD Mailman's job is...
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 05:22 PM

This is even better than the nukes shipped over DC.
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 05:25 PM

im sure they are happy about that
Come on guys hes only got a pump!
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 05:39 PM

i just find this funny.
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 05:43 PM

You just gotta love our government. :dry:
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:25 PM

I find it deliciously ironic that the nation that lectures others about the dangers of "loose nukes" can't even keep track of its own.
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:30 PM

wow how did this happen?

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:33 PM

To start the inevitable China conspiracy theories, I wonder if China succesfully hacked into the DOD website, which they attack over the web almost daily, and changed the shipping order, and when the cones arrived in Taiwan, China had agents waiting to take pictures. :P

We keep having trouble with China, just a month or so ago the Feds arrested an Chinese agent trying to smuggle sensitive documents related to our nuclear powered subs.

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:35 PM

Hahahaahaha! We lost our missles! :P
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Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:49 PM

God we got some smart people in our government. I can't believe somebody wouldn't have noticed that. I'm still pretty shocked by it.

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:55 PM

We keep having these close calls with our nukes; it's getting harder and harder to believe they're just accidents. I wonder how bad it is for other countries like France and India.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 01:58 PM

If you belive it was an accident. It could have been an indirect statement that we are helping Taiwan, and China, who has claimed Taiwan, to shove off.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 02:03 PM

View PostMaDuce, on Mar 25 2008, 08:25 PM, said:

I find it deliciously ironic that the nation that lectures others about the dangers of "loose nukes" can't even keep track of its own.

It wasn't a 'loose nuke' in this case. It was just a nose cone. You can't really do much with just a nose cone since you have no missle.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 02:16 PM

"Oh, great, now all we need is ze rest of ze missile! :panzer: " Somebody somewhere signed the wrong form.
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