Electric handles, tear gas, sticky foam - how the US covertly transports & defends its nukes

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  1. Nemesis44UK

    Nemesis44UK LE Book Reviewer

    Interesting read. I assumed that they did something like this, but nice to know that it actually is pretty tough to hijack a nuclear warhead.

    On the negative side, the morale deficit experienced by OST means how long before they have a disgruntled employee wanting to set himself up for life?
  2. Bad CO

    Bad CO LE Admin Reviews Editor Gallery Guru

    Wonder how nukes get moved around the UK? Is it possible we use a similar system .......
  3. I watched an episode of Ultimate Force on this once...you could say that makes me an expert.
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  4. Binman walt.
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  5. You'd be surprised how much it's done you can see them quite regular on the motorway f you know what to look for.
    It used to be RAF drivers with Royal Marine armed guards, RAF Police outriders and RAF Firemen escorting
    AFAIK it's all done by the MoD now with their own police etc
  6. I thought it was the RM that provided escort?
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  7. Guns

    Guns LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. The Royal Navy

  8. Not sure if I like the sound of the trucks having a "self destruct" - could be a bit of a bang!

    The British vehicles used to be quite distinctive. Once seen, easily recognised again.
  9. Replacement program to cost $630m. This is what's wrong with defense procurement.

    At the end of the day, it's a fleet of trucks with some special countermeasures.

    Take a $200,000 tractor-trailer rig. Let's say there's 50 in the fleet, that's $10m for the basic vehicles. Now we're going to spend $620m tricking them out?

    I'm in the wrong business.
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  10. The articles sources - the L.A times and mother Jones (quoted in the article) are hardly reliable sources of information. Its slant that

    A sleep deprived, irritable, heavy drinking workforce is not a good thing in most circumstances, but it seems especially worrisome when it comes to OST's mission..

    16 alcohol-related incidents between 2007 and 2009, including one in which agents were detained by local police at a bar after they’d stopped for the night with their atomic payload...

    What they dont state is the cargo was secured and the officers were in local hotels.

    "because they occurred during secure transportation missions while the Agents were in Rest Overnight Status, which occurs during extended missions where convoy vehicles are placed in a safe harbor and Agents check into local area hotels."
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  11. Met some SEG types recently - a lot of ex RM in there. They also do a lot of upper deck gun crew work on certain merchant ships and have some fun kit to play with on the civil nuclear side.
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  12. What business is that... I think one problem is no one but Sandi labs/Lockheed martin has the security clearance/facilities to even quote this job.
  13. I grew up as a kid assured this was how the yanks transported nukes about

    I'm somewhat disappointed now
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