Whiteman Air Force Base loses bid for Global Strike Command

Thursday, April 2, 2009 | 4:05 p.m. CDT; updated 4:28 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Whiteman Air Force Base in western Missouri won't be home to the Air Force's Global Strike Command.

The Air Force notified lawmakers today that the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana had been picked.

Air Force leaders created the new Strike Command to better manage the nation's nuclear arsenal after several missteps in the handling and oversight of its most sensitive materials. The command will handle long-range ballistic missiles and two bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

The Air Force said it was looking for a base that already supports nuclear operations and which has enough room for a staff of up to 900 people.

The other finalists were Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska; F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming; Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana; and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.


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