Advisers: Consolidate Air Force nuke command

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Pentagon advisory group is recommending that the Air Force consolidate nuclear responsibilities under a single command.

The recommendation comes from a group established to do a broad review of the Air Force after a series of blunders in handling nuclear-related materials.

Recent Air Force blunders include a mistaken shipment to Taiwan of four electrical fuses for ballistic missile warheads. There was also a B-52 that was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles for a flight across much of the U.S.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the group made a strong argument for the consolidated organization, but he is not sure how it would be implemented.

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