sábado, 12 de octubre de 2013

Michael Carey, US General in charge of nuclear missiles, sacked

The Air Force fired the general in charge of its nuclear missiles on Friday, just two days after a Navy admiral with top nuclear weapons responsibilities was also sacked. In this case, the general in charge of the US Air Force's long-range nuclear missiles has been sacked due to "loss of trust and confidence", officials have said.

Major General Michael Carey was serving since June 2012 as the commander of the 20th Air Force, and has been under investigation for several months over allegations of personal misbehaviour. The two-star general was responsible for maintaining a total of 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at three bases across the US. The Air Force said the investigation did not relate to operational matters or readiness of America's nuclear missiles and there was no indication of criminal activity.

The U.S. has been shrinking the size of its nuclear arsenal for many years; it is comprised of long-range missiles aboard submarines, long-range bombers and ICBMs. As of Oct. 1 the U.S. had 1,688 deployed strategic nuclear warheads, which Washington is obliged to reduce to 1,550 by 2018 under the New START treaty with Russia.

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