This project was completed in August 1998 and resulted in the book Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 edited by Stephen I. Schwartz. These project pages are only occassionally updated and should be considered historical.

Table 5-1. DOD Nuclear Weapons Storage Sites, 1998a

Base Statea
Bangor Naval Submarine Base/Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific Washington
Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana
Fairchild Air Force Base Washington
Grand Forks Air Force Base North Dakota
Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base/Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic Georgia
Kirtland Air Force Base/Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex New Mexico
Minot Air Force Base North Dakota
Nellis Air Force Base Nevada
North Island Naval Air Stationb California
Whiteman Air Force Base Missouri
Yorktown Naval Weapons Station Virginia


: William A. Arkin, Robert S. Norris, and Joshua Handler,

Taking Stock: Worldwide Nuclear Deployments,1998

(Washington, D.C.: Natural Resources Defense Council, March 1998).


This list excludes two operational ICBM bases.



By summer 1998 all remaining nuclear weapons at North Island are scheduled to be transferred to Bangor Naval Submarine Base. See Lloyd A. Pritchett, "California Nukes Head to Bangor,"

Bremerton Sun

(Washington), March 25, 1998, p. A1.


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