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BC-US--Nuclear Missteps,ADVISORY, US

July 7, 2014

Editors,

The Associated Press is moving, beginning at 1 a.m. Tuesday, a package of text, audio and video stories as well as photos from Minot Air Force Base, one of three nuclear missile commands in the United States.

As part of the AP’s ongoing series of groundbreaking coverage of problems within the U.S. nuclear fleet, National Security Writer Robert Burns reveals a major reason why trouble keeps finding the nuclear Air Force. The “Big Stick,” as some call the 60-foot-tall Minuteman 3 missile, is just plain old, as is the base and the equipment that maintains and monitors the fleet of America’s weapons of mass destruction. A second story by Burns, moving at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, reveals the unique pressures and stresses on the young nuclear missileers, the men and women whose job it is to watch for a launch order that may never come.

—The AP

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