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  KAFB Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kirtland Partnership Committee


1451 Innovation Parkway SE, Suite 600
Albuquerque, NM  87123
Phone:505-338-2180
Fax: 505-338-2181
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Kirtland AFB Fuel Plume

The Air Force's top Environmental Official, Hon Terry Yonkers, Assistant Secretary of
the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, has stated several times this year
that the Air Force will do "whatever it takes" to remediate the Kirtland AFB Fuel Plume.

The contractor, Shaw Group, has stated that this is a remediable problem.

No drinking water well has yet been contaminated.

The enforcement agency is the New Mexico Environment Department.

For more current information, go the Kirtland AFB web page, www.kirtland.af.mil/ and
look for "Environmental Information."


 

Nuclear Enterprise White Paper

by Sherman McCorkle

Events in Iran, North Korea, India, Pakistan, and elsewhere have confirmed the continuing proliferation of advanced military technologies, including nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.  Such proliferation continues to both threaten global stability and demand that America, in accordance with established national policy, retain a credible nuclear deterrent.  Our national Policy of Survivability requires that a first strike against us cannot be such as to reduce retaliation to a level which is acceptable to our adversary.  The cost of maintaining the strategy is relatively modest.  Today, however, America’s deterrent capabilities face a number of challenges.

  • The Strategic Nuclear Triad has an aging delivery system made up of 14 Ohio-Class Submarines, 94 Bombers, and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.  It is the undeniable versatility of the three independent launch systems that provides a sure and strategic deterrent shield.

  • Our nuclear stockpile has changed.  There is little experience in predicting age deterioration in materials and components.  Stockpile reductions have narrowed the diversity of weapons within the stockpile, making the stockpile more uniform and raising the risk of repetitive “common mode” failures.

  • There is a tendency to understate the complexity and perishability of nuclear weapons and the specialized facilities, personnel, and expertise needed to properly sustain nuclear deterrence.

A new Nuclear Arms Control Treaty now exists.  Along with defense budget reductions, the number of nuclear weapons in the United States will be the lowest in more than fifty years.  Maintaining the Strategic Nuclear Triad with its diversity of weapons and delivery vehicles becomes more critical as global proliferation continues.

In this environment the tight integration of America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex has proven to be essential.  The uniquely integrated facilities and operations of Kirtland AFB, Minot AFB, Malmstrom AFB, Barksdale AFB, F. E. Warren AFB, Whiteman AFB, Hill AFB, Tinker AFB, King’s Bay NB, Bangor NB, and Sandia, Los Alamos, and Livermore National Laboratories, Pantex, Y-12, the Savannah River Site, the Kansas City Plant and the Nevada National Test Site serve as the nation’s Strategic Nuclear Deterrent. This Department of Defense/Department of Energy nuclear complex and its established working relationships remain essential to properly support the Strategic Nuclear Triad.

As the nation continues to cut military spending, we cannot be indifferent to any reductions that might impair our national Policy of Survivability. The Strategic Nuclear Triad stands guard against both today’s and tomorrow’s real dangers and provides the strategic deterrent under which diplomacy in international affairs is preserved.


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