Once known as America's 'ace in the hole,' US nuclear missiles are now a force in distress

  • by: ROBERT BURNS , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 21, 2013 - 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON — The hundreds of nuclear missiles that have stood war-ready for decades in underground silos along remote stretches of America, silent and unseen, packed with almost unimaginable destructive power, are a force in distress, if not in decline.

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