Senators vie for nuclear command center

Great Falls, Mont. – Senators from Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota are all lobbying the U.S. Air Force to choose their respective states as the site of a new command center to oversee
the nation's nuclear arsenal.

The Air Force recently decided to consolidate under one command center control over land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, and airborne bombers capable of carrying nuclear bombs. All three states hold ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota base has drawn attention for missteps in handling nuclear weapons recently. In an incident last year, a B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and flown from Minot to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.