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Citizen Weapons Inspection at U.S. Strategic Command

Letter Requesting Entry to Strategic Command Headquarters for Citizen Inspection

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Citizen Inspection at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, November, 2002

Citizen Weapons Inspection at U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3, 2003

On August 3, 2003, Nebraskans for Peace and other regional peace groups conducted a Citizens Weapon Inspection at U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters. The Citizens Inspection was part of a weekend of activities, SpeakOut at StratCom 2003, intended to raise awareness of the key role played by U.S. Strategic Command in efforts by the United States to make nuclear weapons more useable in warfare. These efforts range from research on nuclear weapons with new military capabilities, such as the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator, to upgrades in the computer systems and software that Strategic Command would use to plan and execute nuclear strikes.

The Citizens Inspection was led by Western States Legal Foundation Program Director Andrew Lichterman and Greg Mello, Executive Director of the Los Alamos Study Group of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They delivered a letter documenting the participation of Strategic Command in planning for the deployment and use of weapons of mass destruction.

Further Documentation of the role of U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Efforts to Make Nuclear Weapons More Useable

In January 2003, military planners held a meeting to set the agenda for a conference on U.S. nuclear weapons programs to be held at U.S. Strategic Command headquarters in August 2003. For minutes of this meeting and other documents detailing U.S. plans to research nuclear weapons with new military capabilities and to upgrade the systems and software used for nuclear warfighting, click here.

A comprehensive overview and analysis of these programs can be found in Sliding Towards the Brink: More Useable Nuclear Weapons and the Dangerous Illusions of High-Tech War, Andrew Lichterman, WSLF information Bulletin, March 2003. (pdf)

Rally Address, Speak Out at StratCom, Omaha, Nebraska, August 2, 2003, Andrew Lichterman, Program Director, Western States Legal Foundation

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