Today’s Washington Post has a front page story on the accidental flight of six AGM-129 nuclear cruise missiles from North Dakota to Louisiana last month. It’s worth a read.
Though I’m not really going all alarmist crying about “60 Hiroshimas”, or claiming that one nuclear weapons was stolen by rogue elements of the military for use against a Democratic-held US city, this was obviously a very serious breach of procedure and must be dealt with quickly and harshly.
As for the AGM-129s, which are being deactivated and removed from inventory, are there any plans to use the missiles (minus warheads) for anything? I haven’t heard about any plans, but wouldn’t conventional warheads or surveillance equipment for well-defended targets make sense? We should have around 400 of the things left, and they weren’t cheap and they’re fairly capable pieces of equipment.
Or do treaties require their destruction?