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Missile Silos "Power Failure"?

From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:36:09 -0700
Archived: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 06:08:15 -0400
Subject: Missile Silos "Power Failure"?

The Atlantic


Oct 26 2010

Power Failure Shuts Down Squadron Of Nuclear Missiles

President Obama was briefed this morning on a power failure at
F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming that took 50 nuclear
intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), one-ninth of the
U.S. missile stockpile, temporarily offline on Saturday.

The base is a main locus of the United States' strategic nuclear
forces. The 90th Missile Wing, headquartered there, controls 150
Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles.
They're on full-time alert and are housed in a variety of
bunkers across the base.

On Saturday morning, according to people briefed on what
happened, a squadron of ICBMs suddenly dropped down into what's
known as "LF Down" status, meaning that the missileers in their
bunkers could no longer communicate with the missiles
themselves. LF Down status also means that various security
protocols built into the missile delivery system, like intrusion
alarms and warhead separation alarms, were offline.

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