The U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base this week, in the second such test this month. At 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, the Minuteman III Missile left Vandenberg, traveling 4,200 miles across the Pacific to a target in the Marshall Islands. The launch was conducted by airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. The launch comes just over a week after the team conducted a similar test of the Minuteman III from Vandenberg on May 1. The Air Force says the launches are not a response to world events or regional tensions.