Bases in MT, WY, ND could each lose 10 missiles

Associated Press

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The new commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command says bases in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota could each lose 10 intercontinental ballistic missiles as a result of the new arms control treaty with Russia.

Lt. Gen. James Kowalski held a brief news conference in Great Falls Tuesday after meeting with airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base. He is touring the five bases that handle ICBMs and nuclear-ready bombers.

The Department of Defense has proposed eliminating 30 land-based ICBMs and more bomber- and submarine-based weapons to meet requirements of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.

He says "the leading option right now" is to remove 10 each from Malmstrom, F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Each of those bases has 150 silo-based missiles.