Nuclear handling errors examined

Whiteman Air Force Base was among five U.S. air bases where errors were uncovered last summer in storing or tracking components for nuclear weapons.

At the Knob Noster, Mo., home of the B-2 stealth bomber, the problem was lax control over who could get inside a locked vault, according to a recently released report of the Air Force Audit Agency.

An Air Force spokesman said all problems found at the bases have been fixed. But auditors’ findings suggest better care of nuclear weapons-related material is still needed. The report comes two years after the embarrassing disclosure that nuclear fuses mislabeled as helicopter parts had been shipped by accident from a Utah air base to Taiwan

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