Vandenberg Air Force Base, according to its public affairs office, erroneously posted on its website this week that it would be carrying out a test launch of a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The post, which was only up for a short period of time and has since been chalked up to an internal training error, raised the ire of the Santa Barbara-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, which lambasted the base for launching a nuke-capable rocket shortly after the United Nations’ Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference wrapped up. Vandenberg, say officials, is actually launching a ground-based interceptor missile test on 6/6.
More like this story
This story has been changed to reflect that Vandenberg AFB, instead of officially announcing the Minuteman test, actually only posted the information on its website for short period of time.