Gates orders inventory of US nuclear weapons, related materials

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a full inventory of all US nuclear weapons and related material in response to the military's mistaken delivery of ballistic missile fuses to Taiwan. Gates has ordered officials with the Air Force, Navy and Defense Logistics Agency to assess inventory control procedures for the materials, and submit a report in no more than 60 days. The Defense Department released his memo to the three agencies Thursday. Earlier this week, Gates asked Navy Admiral Kirkland H. Donald to take charge of a full investigation of the delivery mishap, in which four cone-shaped fuses for an intercontinental ballistic missile were shipped to the Taiwanese instead of the helicopter batteries they had ordered.