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Department of Defense to Remove 50 Nuclear Missiles

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The Department of Defense announced Tuesday that 50 of the Minutemen III missiles would be closing as part of an arms reduction treaty with Russia.

There are currently 450 nuclear silos in operation across three bases including Malmstrom Air Force Base, so some of the 50 silos being disarmed will be here in Montana.

It has been decided that the empty silos will remain on warm status, meaning the silos will stay fully functional and can be re-armed with missiles at any time.

This is good news for Malmstrom Air Force Base because it means the missile silos will stay under the watch of their personnel and security.

Senators Tester and Walsh announced in a joint statement that they are happy the silos are staying warm as it is a big win in keeping Malmstrom Air Force base on the front line of the nation's defense.

Congressman Daines also shared this idea saying he too would continue to fight to keep the silos functioning under the warm status.

As of now, it has not been decided exactly which silos will be closed, and it is unclear when that decision will be made. The reduction in arms under the New START treaty with Russia must be completed by February of 2018.

It was also announced in the joint statement from the senators that the Department of Defense has put a stop to its plans to conduct an environmental study of the missile silos. They believe this is a step toward keeping the silos functioning.

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