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OMG, ICBM SNAFU

By on 10.26.10 | 7:06PM

This morning the President was briefed on a power failure that briefly shut down 50 nuclear missiles over the weekend. Marc Ambinder and Noah Shachtman report.

"The White House response to the incident has been jaw dropping," writes John Noonan, a former Air Force missile launch officer. He contends that, despite the official line that this is "not that big of a deal," it's actually a huge deal, and underscores the need to update aging delivery systems. Noonan suggests that this could impact the debate over ratification of New START; my sense is that that treaty was already on shaky ground.

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