The new START treaty between the United States and Russia will have an impact on the Minot Air Force Base.
That was the message from the Secretary of the Air Force in her visit to Minot last week.
Deborah Lee James said details in how the US will implement the reductions in nuclear forces called for the the treaty have been worked out in recent months.
Minot is home to two of the legs of the nuclear triad - bombers and ICBMs - but only one of the two will see START-related changes.(Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force) "With respect to the ICBM forces we will be taking some reductions but it will be through what is called the "warm basing approach" which I think is a very good outcome for Minot, for all of our ICBS bases and for the nuclear mission. The bombers will not take any reductions. And finally the nuclear submarines will also undergo some reductions. So between the ICBM and nuclear submarines, those two elements combined we will make our new START targets."
James says with the way the US is implementing the START reductions, the nuclear mission is safe at Minot Air Force Base for the foreseeable future.