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Air Force Moves to Boost Secrecy of Nuclear Weapon Inspection Results

The U.S. Air Force has updated the classification of data from Inspector General-conducted nuclear weapons inspections in a push to boost secrecy of such inspections, the Federation of American Scientists reported Monday.

The report said IG weapons inspections on nuclear weapons that were included in previous unclassified reports will now be classified at the confidential level and the service branch will reduce public references on the results of such inspections.

“These changes are control measures put in place to prevent revealing potential vulnerabilities to adversary forces,” Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons was quoted as saying by FAS.

The Air Force implemented the updates following a revision of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Instruction on Nuclear Weapons Technical Inspections.

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