US cant tell a Nuclear fuze trigger from a battery.

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US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a full inventory of US nuclear arms after parts of ballistic missiles were mistakenly sent to Taiwan.

He said a report, that would also include checks of related materials, should be completed within 60 days.

The US sent nuclear fuse triggers to Taiwan instead of helicopter batteries in 2006. The mistake was only discovered last week.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7317891.stm
 
#2
When I heard that on the news the other night I had to giggle. Of course, had any other state done it, it would have been accused of vertical proliferation, but the ol' US of A? No sirrrreeeeeeee! It was just an honest accident, after all, the two items look SO alike! 8O :roll: :D
 
#4
And by an odd coincidence, nobody is now sure whether the Yanks have been supplying Taiwan with nuclear weapons technology. Not intentional, by any manner of means, oh no.

Edited to add: bloody liars.
 
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DozyBint said:
It was just an honest accident, after all, the two items look SO alike! 8O :roll: :D
i could happen i used too have huge troubles matching green army socks from Man @ QnM's and i am way brighter than the average spetic 8O
 
#8
It might help if your sources could get the series of events right in the first place and if you folks knew a few things about how things are run. The BBC is not the place to get that. The blame is actually with the folks at Hill AFB.
 
#9
An accidental mixup involving the most heavily restricted technology on the planet which just so happens to support America's strategic interests in the area? Yeah, and AIDS might just cure itself by accident as well.
 
#10
Yes carrots it was a cock up, but you might as well adjust your tin foil hat now. Tawian is not the place to build or store ICBM's, they would be better off with nuke tipped cruise missles. Not a Minuteman III.........
 
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LJONESY said:
It might help if your sources could get the series of events right in the first place and if you folks knew a few things about how things are run. The BBC is not the place to get that. The blame is actually with the folks at Hill AFB.
It doesn't matter where the blame is said to lie, nor the number of "Aw shucks, we screwed up!" explanations given: the US accepts no argument from other countries when it comes to proliferation, vertical or horizontal.
 
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Maybe it was a simple screw up or a message to the PRC as they suppress dissidents in Tibet. I find it curious that the Taiwanese didnt even bother to look at the shipment. In any case Secretary Gates has ordered a complete inventiory of the nuclear arsenal and an investigation of course.
 
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LJONESY said:
Yes carrots it was a c*** up, but you might as well adjust your tin foil hat now. Tawian is not the place to build or store ICBM's, they would be better off with nuke tipped cruise missles. Not a Minuteman III.........
In the first place, the trigger isn't necessarily type-specific and could be used in something other than an ICBM. In the second, providing the chance to examine nuclear technology counts as 'proliferation', which is why we Brits have this for example. In the third, ICBMs are a good weapon to use to hit the large, open spaces of Western China where (supposedly) their missile bases are. In the fourth, the Taiwanese may very well be better off with cruise missiles, but they'll take what they can get.

In any case, the prospect of nuclear weapons technology has now been brought into the equation where it didn't exist before. That's a political gambit, not a military one.
 
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tomahawk6 said:
Maybe it was a simple screw up or a message to the PRC as they suppress dissidents in Tibet.
I hate to labour the point, but insofar as it has actually happened, it does not matter how it happened or the intent, it is a breach of the NPT:

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, also referred to as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), obligates the five acknowledged nuclear-weapon states (the United States, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, France, and China) not to transfer nuclear weapons, other nuclear explosive devices, or their technology to any non-nuclear-weapon state.
 
#16
are the people who are saying it was an accident the same ones who said Iraq had WMD, and the same ones who said it isn't a civil war in Iraq? Well....MUST be true then!!!
 
#17
i like it how the artical says they loaded a B52 with nukes last year by accident!
 
#18
tomahawk6 said:
Like there hasnt already been proliferation India,Pakistan.North Korea,Libya,Iran and god knows who else.
Hardly the point, is it? Anyway, don't forget South Africa or Israel, states that the US also hasn't ever proliferated to. :roll:
 
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DozyBint said:
Hardly the point, is it? Anyway, don't forget South Africa or Israel, states that the US also hasn't ever proliferated to. :roll:
Now, now, Dozy. You know full well that proliferation is only ever done by the bad people.

Anyone would think you hadn't been briefed or something!
 

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