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  • Fourteen ISIS Fighters Killed Filling a Chemical Warhead

    09/18/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 87 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/18/14 | Jim Hoft
    At least 14 ISIS fighters were killed while filling a chemical warhead near Baghdad. The Business Standard reported, via Rantburg: At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were killed Tuesday near Baghdad when a rocket whose warhead they were filling with chlorine gas exploded. Iraqi security officials said seven more IS militants were injured in the incident, which occurred near the town of al-Dhuluiya, about 90 km north of Baghdad. Al-Dhuluiya was also where four members of the Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen suffered symptoms of asphyxiation after inhaling chlorine gas released by two improvised...
  • Russia Tests Multi-Warhead ICBM

    04/15/2014 1:30:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/14/14 | Bill Gertz
    Russia’s military carried out a flight test of a new multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile on Monday amid growing tensions with the United States over the crisis in Ukraine. The SS-27 Mod 2 road-mobile ICBM was launched around 2:40 a.m. EST from Russia’s Plesetsk launch facility, located about 500 miles north of Moscow. “The main purpose of the launch is to validate the reliability of a batch of this class of missiles made at the Votkinsk Plant,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov told state-run Interfax-AVN. An unspecified number of simulated nuclear warheads landed at an impact range on the Kura test...
  • Exclusive: How North Korea Tipped Its Hand (salvaged missile front examined)

    04/15/2013 6:04:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Apr 15, 2013 | Eli LakeApr
    Exclusive: How North Korea Tipped Its Hand by Eli Lake Apr 15, 2013 4:45 AM EDT The U.S. recovered the front section of the rocket used in North Korea’s satellite launch in December, which gave away the status of the regime's nuclear arms program. When North Korean engineers launched a satellite into space on December 12, it seemed like business as usual, with the familiar cycle of condemnations from the west and statements of defiance from the Hermit Kingdom. But that launch also led many U.S. intelligence analysts to assess that Pyongyang possessed the ability to miniaturize the components necessary...
  • 5 men withstand 1.7 kiloton nuclear explosion

    07/19/2012 7:42:23 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 37 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3 November 2011 | atomcentral
    ^^ The link
  • Did China steal info about US thermonuclear warheads in the 1980's and 90's? (vanity)

    06/01/2012 9:09:44 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 19 replies
    I was reading about the Cox Report. Interesting stuff. •China stole design information regarding 7 thermonuclear weapons in the US arsenal. W56 for Minuteman II ICBM, W62 for Minuteman III ICBM, W70 for Lance SRBM, W76 for Trident C4 SLBM, W78 for Minuteman III ICBM, W87 for Peacekeeper ICBM and W88 for Trident D5 SLBM. •These stolen secrets enabled the PLA to accelerate the design, development and testing of its own nuclear weapons. •China's next generation of nuclear weapons would contain elements of stolen U.S. design information and would be comparable in effectiveness to the weapons used by the United...
  • General Boykin to Beck: ‘I Believe Iran Has a Nuclear Warhead Now’

    03/08/2012 5:57:37 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/8/2012 | Mytheos Holt
    General Boykin was more pessimistic. "I have a different view, Glenn, I believe that Iran has a nuclear warhead now. Now, that's gonna shock a lot of people, but they've been working for 25 years and they've had the assistance of North Korea as well as the Russians. You don't work for 25 years without succeeding in the development of a warhead."
  • North Korea Close to Producing Uranium-Based Warhead, Source Says

    11/09/2011 12:42:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    North Korea Close to Producing Uranium-Based Warhead, Source Says Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 North Korea is almost three-fourths of the way toward a capability to manufacture uranium-based nuclear warheads, an anonymous high-ranking South Korean official told the Yonhap News Agency on Monday (see GSN, Nov. 7). The official asserted that North Korea's uranium enrichment program at Yongbyon was now a "small industry," capable of generating nuclear weapons. North Korea one year ago first revealed its uranium work to the world. The only known uranium enrichment plant that U.S. specialists were allowed to tour was estimated to contain some 2,000 centrifuges....
  • Falcon is Healthy,Few Tweaks Will Suffice to Fly the Next Mission in 2011

    11/16/2010 10:53:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 11/16/2010 | Defense Update
    Six months after the first test flight of the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle’s (HTV-2) which failed to meet its objective, an independent Engineering Review Board (ERB) identified the anomaly that caused the vehicle to exceeding the design flight control envelope. “No major changes to the vehicle or software are required to mitigate the first flight anomaly” said David Neyland, DARPA Tactical Technology Office director, “Engineers will adjust the vehicle’s center of gravity, decrease the angle of attack flown and use the onboard reaction control system to augment the vehicle flaps when HTV-2 flies next summer” Neyland added. DARPA is planning...
  • Israel Trains To Live With SCUD

    10/08/2010 10:03:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 10/6/2010 | Strategy Page
    The Israeli Air Force has increased its training of air base personnel to keep bases operating after attacks by ballistic missiles. These warheads will either be filled with high explosives, cluster bombs or chemical weapons. Israelis know what kind of damage this stuff can do, and set up training programs that assume hits in different areas during each training exercise. The air base personnel then go through the procedures they have practiced to deal with each type of hit. Last year, twelve of these drills were held. So far this year, 25 have been conducted. The training exercises also often...
  • U.S. tests missile with 'replica' warhead

    06/26/2010 11:18:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 6/24/2010 | UPI
    Minute Man II missile with a "replica" nuclear warhead was successfully launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, officials said. The National Nuclear Security Administration conducted the test in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force, an NNSA release said Thursday. The test was to evaluate the overall performance of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic weapon system, NNSA said. "This successful JTA (warhead) test illustrates NNSA's commitment to ensuring that all weapon systems perform as designed," said Brig. Gen. Garrett Harencak, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application. "The continued strong cooperation between the NNSA and (the Department of Defense) is...
  • First Live Warhead Flight for Lockheed Martin's Multi-Purpose Hellfire II Missile ('Romeo')

    04/09/2010 11:14:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 625+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 4/9/10 | Press Release: Lockheed Martin
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE:LMT - News) multi-purpose AGM114R HELLFIRE II missile scored another success in its second proof-of-principle (POP) flight test, the first armed with a live warhead. The Rmodel, or "Romeo" missile, features a multi-purpose warhead that enables a single HELLFIRE missile to cover all of the target sets of the currently fielded laser-guided variants. ...The missile was launched with a low trajectory suitable for a military operation in urban terrain scenario and struck the target board precisely designated by the laser aimpoint. The precursor warhead detonated on impact, while the primary warhead successfully...
  • Aerojet to Provide MK 125 Warhead for Standard Missile System

    01/10/2010 12:26:16 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 488+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 01/05/2010 | Defense Professionals
    Aerojet announced that the company has been selected to provide the MK 125 warhead for Raytheon Missile Systems' family of Standard Missile programs, with deliveries beginning in 2010. The MK 125 warhead is the lethality mechanism for the SM-2 and SM-6 missile systems. This important missile system provides the U.S. Navy's fleet long-range protection from aerial threats and ensures the ability of the fleet to safely accomplish its primary mission of force projections wherever and whenever the nation calls. The program management and manufacturing will take place at Aerojet's modern, low-cost, load assembly and pack facility in Camden, Ark. Vice...
  • 'Matter of time' before N.Korea miniaturises nuke: report

    12/20/2009 11:54:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 305+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/20/2009 | AFP via Space War
    North Korea will eventually be able to make a nuclear warhead small enough to fit in a missile, a news report said Sunday. Seoul's Yonhap news agency, citing the state-run Korea Institute for Defence Analyses (KIDA), said Pyongyang developing the technology to achieve miniaturisation was inevitable. "It is believed that North Korea has not completed the technology for the miniaturisation... of nuclear warheads," KIDA said in a report to be issued in January, according to Yonhap. But KIDA said it is "just a matter of time", noting the country has a high-explosives test site and an estimated 3,000 nuclear scientists...
  • Iran Positions Israel In Its Cross Hairs

    11/06/2009 5:10:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,159+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 6, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Mideast: Iran tests an advanced warhead design as it gets caught shipping weapons to Hezbollah. Syria is reported to give the group operational control over Scud missiles. It's five minutes to midnight. Tyranny abhors a vacuum. While the U.S. and the West dither in Hamlet-like fashion over whatever we shall do in places such as Afghanistan and Iran, the Axis of Evil is in full swing in its plans to destroy Israel and threaten Europe and America. Israel last week seized what it said was the largest arms cache ever intercepted in the region. Israeli navy commandos boarded the Francop,...
  • Pentagon Misses Warhead Retirement Deadline

    10/17/2009 12:54:48 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 836+ views
    Security Blog ^ | 10/13/2009 | By Hans M. Kristensen
    The Pentagon has missed the deadline set by the 2001 Nuclear Posture Review for the retirement of the W62 nuclear warhead. Retirement of the warhead, which arms a portion of the 450 U.S. Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, was scheduled for completion in Fiscal Year 2009, which ended on September 30th. But the Department of Defense has been unable to confirm the warhead has been retired, saying instead earlier today: “The retirement of the W62 is progressing toward completion.” The 2001 Nuclear Posture Review decided that, “the W62 will be retired by the end of Fiscal Year 2009.” The schedule...
  • Homebuilt Radiation Belt

    08/09/2009 1:36:16 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 942+ views
    Air and Space Magazine ^ | 5/01/2008 | Mark Wolverton
    When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in October 1957, the United States feared that nuclear missiles would soon follow. How could we stop them? In the Dr. Strangelove era, no idea was too absurd, and Nicholas Christofilos, an elevator engineer turned nuclear physicist, had a doozy. Christofilos had only undergraduate degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering, but he had become a top military scientist at California's Livermore Laboratory with a reputation for audacious creativity. He suggested that an atomic explosion in space could generate a vast flux of electrons, which would form a shell of energy over Earth, a phenomenon...
  • Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead(AQ Khan; miniaturized nuke for N. Korea?)

    06/14/2008 10:20:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 171+ views
    WP ^ | 06/15/08 | Joby Warrick
    Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead By Joby Warrick Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, June 15, 2008; A01 An international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon, according to a draft report by a former top U.N. arms inspector that suggests the plans could have been shared secretly with any number of countries or rogue groups. The drawings, discovered in 2006 on computers owned by Swiss businessmen, included essential details for building a compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic...
  • U.S. Wants N.Korea to Declare Nuclear Warheads

    04/22/2008 8:26:03 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 105+ views
    Chosun ^ | 04/22/08
    U.S. Wants N.Korea to Declare Nuclear Warheads The U.S. is asking North Korea to include a full account of the number of nuclear warheads it has produced in its declaration of nuclear programs and stockpiles. According to a South Korean government source, the U.S. has decided to allow the North to "indirectly acknowledge" its uranium enrichment program and nuclear proliferation to Syria, but the North must declare its weapons-grade plutonium. This means the U.S. wants the North to document the total amount of plutonium, the number of nuclear warheads, and the logbook of the Yongbyon atomic reactor and nuclear reprocessing...
  • The saga of a ‘Bent Spear’

    09/23/2007 2:37:16 AM PDT · by Westlander · 24 replies · 728+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9-22-2007 | Joby Warrick and Walter Pincus
    The airmen attached the gray missiles to the plane's wings, six on each side. After eyeballing the missiles on the right side, a flight officer signed a manifest that listed a dozen unarmed AGM-129 missiles. The officer did not notice that the six on the left contained nuclear warheads, each with the destructive power of up to 10 Hiroshima bombs. That detail would escape notice for an astounding 36 hours, during which the missiles were flown across the country to a Louisiana air base that had no idea nuclear warheads were coming. It was the first known flight by a...
  • U.S. back in nuclear warhead business

    07/03/2007 7:56:51 AM PDT · by jdm · 17 replies · 866+ views
    UPI via ET ^ | July 03, 2007 | Staff
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M., July 3 -- The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has resumed production of plutonium detonators, the first production since 1989. The first detonator, known as a "pit," was completed last month and shipped to Texas, but on Monday, the laboratory hosted a ceremonial stamping of approval of a second pit for dignitaries, including U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal reported. The devices are designed for W88 warheads used on nuclear submarines and the lab intends to produce 10 of them a year to replace older ones in rotation, lab Director Michael Anastasio...
  • U.S. Selecting Hybrid Design for Warheads

    01/07/2007 7:07:44 AM PST · by infocats · 72 replies · 1,144+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 7, 2007 | WILLIAM J. BROAD, DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 — The Bush administration is expected to announce next week a major step forward in the building of the country’s first new nuclear warhead in nearly two decades. It will propose combining elements of competing designs from two weapons laboratories in an approach that some experts argue is untested and risky. Skip to next paragraph The new weapon would not add to but replace the nation’s existing arsenal of aging warheads, with a new generation meant to be sturdier, more reliable, safer from accidental detonation and more secure from theft by terrorists. The announcement, to be made...
  • Israel Maintains Option To Strike Iran Nukes

    10/18/2005 5:06:32 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 21 replies · 839+ views
    Tel Aviv......Israel's greatest threat today remains the missiles which are pointed at her from Iran. Missiles which will soon have a capability of striking Israel, her neighbors and much of Europe with nuclear payloads. Although Iran's extremist Islamic regime has been warned that either Israel or the US could use a preemptive strike against her at any moment, no different from when Israel took out the nukes in Iraq, Iran remains obsessed with continuing her aggressive and unchecked nuclear policy. In 2002, a former Iraqi nuclear engineer told a Senate hearing Wednesday that the country could have nuclear weapons by...
  • US briefs on alleged Iranian nuclear warhead work: diplomats (Project 111)

    10/09/2005 4:21:24 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 471+ views
    Agence France-Presse | October 8, 2005
    The United States has briefed key nations on intelligence that it says shows Iranian atomic weapons work, namely research on getting a missile warhead to explode at an altitude that would maximize the blast of a nuclear explosion, diplomats and analysts told AFP. However, a non-Western diplomat said the US briefing, carried out in various capitals ahead of a meeting in September of the UN atomic watchdog, "looks plausible but there is no hard evidence," namely direct proof of a nuclear warhead project. Iran says its nuclear program is a strictly peaceful effort to develop atomic power in order...
  • China Preparing For War And Few Notice

    09/25/2005 3:11:54 PM PDT · by voteconstitutionparty · 37 replies · 1,615+ views
    Constitution Party News ^ | 09/23/2005 | Chuck Baldwin
    09/23/2005 China Preparing For War And Few Notice by By Chuck Baldwin Constitution Party 2004 Vice-Presidential Candidate Ever since President Richard Nixon entered into détente with the communist regime in China, America has doggedly assisted in the commercial and military buildup of the Marxist nation. Both Republican and Democratic administrations have mollycoddled the Red Chinese to the point that now they have grown big enough to cause serious concern. Both Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush have facilitated the transfers of billions of dollars of commercial assistance to Red China, not to mention vast amounts of technology which China has used...
  • U.S. approves full new warhead production (HellFiRe AGM-114N thermobaric missiles)

    08/24/2005 5:13:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,409+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/24/05 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The United States has approved full-rate production of a new Hellfire missile variant, touted by President George W. Bush for its ability to kill guerrillas in urban settings, the missile's manufacturer said on Wednesday. U.S. commanders in Iraq have asked for more of the rounds, said Lt. Col. Kevin Curry, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, who added that early versions had already been used there in "limited numbers." More than 1,870 Americans have been killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. The "thermobaric" Hellfire AGM-114N warhead creates an intense, sustained pressure...
  • NYT: Doubts Persist on Iran Nuclear Arms Goals

    11/20/2004 9:44:13 AM PST · by OESY · 2 replies · 518+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 20, 2004 | DOUGLAS JEHL and WILLIAM J. BROAD
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 - Despite having collected substantial information about Iran's nuclear and weapons programs over the last several ears, Western officials have limited intelligence about the crucial question of whether Tehran is trying to meld those two programs to produce a nuclear warhead that can be carried by a missile, administration officials said Friday. The inability to answer that question so far poses an obstacle to the Bush administration's efforts to press for a hard line against the Tehran government. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said this week that he had seen intelligence indicating that Iran was "working...
  • N. KOREA: C.I.A. Said to Find North Korean Nuclear Advances (missile nuke warheads)

    07/01/2003 1:16:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 186+ views
    NYT ^ | 07/01/03 | DAVID E. SANGER
    July 1, 2003 C.I.A. Said to Find North Korean Nuclear Advances By DAVID E. SANGER WASHINGTON, June 30 ?American intelligence officials now believe that North Korea is developing the technology to make nuclear warheads small enough to fit atop the country's growing arsenal of missiles, potentially putting Tokyo and American troops based in Japan at risk, according to officials who have received the intelligence reports. In the assessment ?which they have shared with Japan, South Korea and other allies in recent weeks ?officials at the Central Intelligence Agency said American satellites had identified an advanced nuclear testing site in an...
  • North Korean Missile Warhead Found in Alaska

    05/05/2003 1:20:28 PM PDT · by detsaoT · 47 replies · 1,999+ views
    The warhead of a long-range missile test-fired by North Korea was found in the U.S. state of Alaska, a report to South Korea's National Assembly revealed yesterday. ''According to a U.S. document, the last piece of a missile warhead fired by North Korea was found in Alaska, former Japanese foreign minister Taro Nakayama was quoted as saying in the report. ''Washington, as well as Tokyo, has so far underrated Pyongyang's missile capabilities. The report was the culmination of month long activities of the Assembly's overseas delegation to five countries over the North Korean nuclear crisis. The Assembly dispatched groups of...
  • White House scorns bomb find

    02/25/2003 8:40:44 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 8 replies · 256+ views
    guardian ^ | February 25, 2003 | Julian Borger and Suzanne Goldenberg
    Iraq has admitted it has found a bomb with a possible biological warhead, and a stash of documents on weapons disposal, the chief UN inspector said yesterday. Hans Blix, the head of the UN Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission (Unmovic), described the declarations as "positive", and said they would be investigated further. President Bush, however, dismissed the Iraqi admissions, which came in a series of letters to Mr Blix over the past few days, as token gestures designed to fend off the threat of invasion by giving the appearance of cooperation. The president told journalists he expected to see Saddam...
  • Suspected chemical warhead found in Kirkuk

    04/12/2003 10:02:42 AM PDT · by knak · 46 replies · 367+ views
    cnn ^ | 4/12/03 | Thomas Nybo
    <p>This suspected chemical warhead discovered at an air base near Kirkuk, Iraq, is marked with a green band, which sources said is the symbol for chemical weaponry.</p> <p>KIRKUK, Iraq (CNN) -- Weapons experts were called Saturday to an occupied northern Iraqi air base in Kirkuk to determine if a warhead discovered there is laden with a chemical agent.</p>

    03/04/2003 8:13:05 AM PST · by ewing · 245 replies · 2,438+ views
    Korean Times ^ | March 4, 2003 | Staff Report
    North Korean Missile Warhead Found in AlaskaThe warhead of a long range missile test fired by North Korea was found in the US state of Alaska, a report to the National Assembly revealed yesterday. According to a United States document, 'The last piece of a missile warhead fired by North Korea was found in Alaska,' former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Nakayama was quoted as saying in the report.'Washington, as well as Toyko, has so far underrated Pyongyang's missile capabilities.'
  • U.N. Inspectors Find Another War Head

    02/04/2003 11:34:53 AM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 18 replies · 236+ views
    FNC ^ | me
    U.N. Inspectors find another empty chemical warhead in Iraq. Developing...
  • U.S. security experts discuss whether Japan needs nuclear arsenal

    11/28/2002 7:24:17 AM PST · by vannrox · 6 replies · 339+ views
    Japan Today ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 17:00 JST | Todd Miller
    U.S. security experts discuss whether Japan needs nuclear arsenal Todd Miller Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 17:00 JST WASHINGTON — Under growing threats from neighboring countries, including nuclear weapons-seeking North Korea and a rising China, the possibility of Japan building a nuclear arsenal is gaining more attention among U.S. experts. U.S. experts on Asian security discussed the potential of Japan and other Asian countries acquiring nuclear weapons at a panel session of a conference hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace earlier this month on nuclear nonproliferation issues. The panel titled, "New Nuclear Powers in Asia," was tasked with...

    06/06/2002 9:16:49 AM PDT · by vannrox · 3 replies · 449+ views
    (Russian Military Publication) Military Parade ^ | Issue 31. January - February 1999 | Anatoly Mikhailov, Deputy Chief Designer, Head of the Gas Dynamics Research Section, Russian Federal
    Issue 31. January - February 1999 LABORATORY DEVELOPMENT OF CONVENTIONAL WARHEADS Anatoly Mikhailov, Deputy Chief Designer, Head of the Gas Dynamics Research Section, Russian Federal Nuclear Center   To continue a series of publications dedicated to the Russian Federal Nuclear Center All-Russia Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFYaTs-VNIIEF), and its role in the advanced development of conventional weapons, we shall focus on the Institute s gas dynamics research which constitutes a major aspect of warhead research development. The research in the field of gas dynamics, together with theoretical projections and computer modeling, help determine warhead physical configuration and its basic design....
  • Peacekeeping the Missiles

    06/05/2002 6:58:23 PM PDT · by vannrox · 6 replies · 396+ views
    Lycos News ^ | Monday, June 03, 2002 8:47 a.m. EDT | Editorial Staff - AP
    Story Url: http://news.lycos.com/news/story.asp?section=LycosScience&storyId=52927Peacekeeping the Missiles This story is Newsmine™ enabled. [Turn off in-story linking]   Monday, June 03, 2002 8:47 a.m. EDT Newsmine Data •  Marshall Islands •  Cheyenne •  Vandenberg VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - An unarmed 70-foot Peacekeeper missile was launched early Monday in a routine test of the country's intercontinental ballistic missile system, the Air Force said. The 198,000-pound missile lifted off from the central California coast at 1:01 a.m. and sent nine unarmed re-entry vehicles toward a target 4,800 miles away on the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands  . The missile...