From: Carol Maltby <carolmaltby.nul> Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 09:08:53 -0400 Archived: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:27:39 -0400 Subject: Re: Missile Silos "Power Failure"? >From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul> >Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:36:09 -0700 >References: <126.96.36.199.2.20101021110929.02bfaef8.nul> >Subject: Missile Silos "Power Failure"? >The Atlantic > >http://tinyurl.com/24cjp7x >Oct 26 2010 >Power Failure Shuts Down Squadron Of Nuclear Missiles >President Obama was briefed this morning on a power failure at >F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming that took 50 nuclear >intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), one-ninth of the >U.S. missile stockpile, temporarily offline on Saturday. >The base is a main locus of the United States' strategic nuclear >forces. The 90th Missile Wing, headquartered there, controls 150 >Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles. >They're on full-time alert and are housed in a variety of >bunkers across the base. >On Saturday morning, according to people briefed on what >happened, a squadron of ICBMs suddenly dropped down into what's >known as "LF Down" status, meaning that the missileers in their >bunkers could no longer communicate with the missiles >themselves. LF Down status also means that various security >protocols built into the missile delivery system, like intrusion >alarms and warhead separation alarms, were offline. >[More at site] The site's been updated in a rather unusual way -- two instances of the phrase "power failure" now show a strikeout on the word power, showing that the information has changed. "Boeing E-6 NAOC 'Kneecap' aircraft" now has strikeouts through it. Can't tell if the original phrase was "engineering power failure," but is now "engineering failure." (Ed, did you happen to notice?) They say "a launch control center computer (LCC), responsible for a package of at least five missiles, usually ten of them, began to "ping" out of sequence, resulting in a surge of "noise" through the system. The LCCs interrogate each missile in sequence, so if they begin to send signals out when they're not supposed to, receivers on the missiles themselves will notice this and send out error codes." [snip] "According to the official, engineers discovered that similar hardware failures had triggered a similar cascading failure 12 years ago at Minot AFB in North Dakota and Malmstrom AFB in Montana. That piece of hardware is the prime suspect." Carol Maltby Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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