In what is being widely regarded as a ground-breaking article, three noted nuclear weapons analysts have revealed that, during the Cold War, the US stored up to 12,000 nuclear weapons and components in at least 23 countries and 5 American territories including Japan, Cuba, Iceland, and Morocco. Appearing in the November/ December 1999 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, this article is the fruit of years of detective work and appears to declassify a formerly top secret study, "History of the Custody and Deployment of Nuclear Weapons: July 1945 through September 1977," which was prepared by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 1978. Users can read the full text of the article, which contains several charts and photographs, in HTML or .pdf format at the Bulletin site. Also included is an appendix which lists nuclear weapons deployment by country, 1951-77.
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