Land-Based Nuclear Missiles 50 Years After Cuban Missile Crisis
Fifty years ago – October 16-28, 1962 – the Cuban Missile Crisis had the United States and Soviet Union at the precipice of nuclear war.
Now – 50 years later – the United States still keeps 450 Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles on high alert. The missiles and the thermonuclear warheads that they deliver can reach nearly any place on Earth in 30 minutes or less. Because they are located in fixed silos in Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana, there is pressure to “use them first or lose them,” drastically raising the risk that in a time of crisis the missiles could be launched because of a false warning.
Daniel Ellsberg, a NAPF Distinguished Fellow who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971, helped develop U.S. nuclear war strategies in the 1960s. He now strongly opposes the continued existence of land-based nuclear missiles. He says, “This will change only if the pressure on Congress and the Executive Branch is changed from pressure to preserve these [missiles], for the jobs they create and the profits, to the task of dismantling them. We must demand that this challenge to life on Earth be ended.”
Please join Daniel Ellsberg and thousands of other citizens around the United States in demanding that these destabilizing and dangerous land-based missiles be dismantled immediately.