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Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday axed two top Air Force honchos, Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne, in a bid to do some damage control in the wake of the alarming incident last August in which nuclear warheads were mistakenly flown from North Dakota to Louisiana and another incident in which Air Force electrical fuses for ballistic missile warheads were shipped to Taiwan.

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The disturbing security slip-up at North Dakota's Minot Air Force Base on Aug. 29, which resulted in the unintentional -- not to mention unsupervised and unauthorized -- transport of six nuclear warheads across the country to Louisiana, has touched off a major military inquiry and raised serious security concerns.

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This is the kind of human error story that makes a strong case for worldwide nuclear disarmament: Armytimes.com reported Wednesday that five nuclear warheads were mistakenly carried on a B-52 bomber from North Dakota to Louisiana on Aug. 30 -- which means they were effectively missing for more than three hours.

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