There are some terse exchanges between reporters and Maj. Gen. Newton.
Q Can I ask one (sub ?) question? The — but to a layman, the
issue of having nuclear weapons in the same hangar as conventional
weapons seems a bit — took us, I think — took me, anyway, a bit aback
that they would even be stored in the same place. Is that a common
procedure, or are they normally stored in separate places so this kind
of mix-up doesn’t happen?
GEN. NEWTON: Where the weapons were stored, they were stored in the
facilities, as I mentioned, and they were stored within DOD guidelines
and Air Force guidelines as well.
Q So it is normal procedure, then, to keep nuclear weapons in the
same place as conventional –
GEN. NEWTON: These weapons were stored in the proper — with proper
procedures in the proper locations at the weapons storage area.
Q I have a number of follow-up questions. First of all, on what
Peter was saying, did you have to get some sort of waiver? Was a waiver
required to store the warheads and the missiles in the same facility, in
the same hangar?
GEN. NEWTON: The weapons were stored in the facilities per DOD
guidelines and Air Force guidelines as well. There was — there was –
Q (Off mike) — but does it require a waiver to store them
GEN. NEWTON: The weapons again, as I’ve mentioned, were stored in the
proper facilities and were within DOD guidelines and Air Force
guidelines as well.
Q Is there some reason you can’t tell me specifically that — I’m
not understanding, because of my lack of knowledge — is a waiver
required to do that, or is a waiver not required to do that?
GEN. NEWTON: There was no waiver required in this instance because
they were stored in a facility, in a weapons storage area in this case,
under DOD guidelines and Air Force guidelines.
-From briefing transcript found at http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=4067