They are armed and ready to detonate from countless secure locations across the world.
But they still have to be transported there, and sometimes the U.S. government (and other governments) moves these around on civilian highways.
There’s a chance that you passed one of these unmarked vehicles, and never knew it.
But inside may have been weapons-grade plutonium, uranium, a nuclear bomb or other highly dangerous materials, passing by little detected, but carefully guarded by accompanying convoy vehicles filled with armed federal guards with authorization to use deadly fire.
As Jerry Reynolds of Car Pro noted:
Have you ever noticed an 18-wheeler rolling along with no markings? If you do, give it some space, you might be surprised what that semi is carrying.
The United States Department of Energy has a little-known department called the Office of Secure Transportation (OST), even though the Department of Energy’s website doesn’t list the OST. So, what does this mystery arm of the government do?
The mission of the Office of Secure Transportation is to safely transport nuclear bombs, nuclear bomb components, and other nuclear materials like plutonium and uranium across America in the back of unmarked 18-wheelers. Yes, it’s true, that non-descript big rig you see running down the road could have a nuclear bomb in the back. That will make you think twice before cutting off one these massive trucks.
Disclosed materials and statements from government agencies indicate that there are dozens of these convoys on the roads at any given time, and that they have logged over 3 million miles since 1947. Claiming that the missions are safe, they ominously boasts:
“For more than 40 years — even after driving the equivalent distance of a trip to Mars and back — no cargo has ever been damaged in transit,” it said.
However, many consider the ongoing practice to be the “Achilles Heel” of U.S. defense – a system that remains wide open to terror attack, ambush by an adversary, vulnerability during an evacuation from an urban area, and the larger element of chance and accident – though the unmarked tractor trailers are supposedly reinforced and secure against bomb explosions during all scenarios of traffic accidents and fires.
And accidents do happen, as this short video of a military convoy rear-ending a nuclear 18-wheeler makes clear:
These dangerous movements are expected to increase during current efforts to increase military activity and upgrade capabilities and facilities.
According to the L.A. Times:
“Transportation is the Achilles’ heel of nuclear security and everyone knows that,” said Bruce Blair, a retired Air Force missile officer, Princeton University researcher and founder of Global Zero, a nonprofit group that seeks elimination of nuclear weapons
The result is an unwieldy system that requires some of the most dangerous and vulnerable components of the nation’s defense system to be routinely shipped on long-distance journeys from one end of the country to the other — and the shipments, with the coming modernization effort, are only expected to multiply.
“This has a classic footprint of an antiquated and inefficient supply chain management system that was created at a time of national emergency,” said Nick Vyas, an industrial logistics expert at USC.
Although these trailers are considered vulnerable targets, and there is concern that something could go wrong, or that an attack could be imminent, it is definitely worth pointing out that these are not your typical 18-wheeler trailers carrying groceries.
They are as sophisticated and reinforced as any gadget in a Bond film ever was. In short, any unauthorized individual who attempts to meddle with or compromise these vehicles will likely be killed – just after the deadly surprise of their life:
The high-security trailers that carry the weapons present potential intruders with formidable obstacles, including shock-delivering systems, thick walls that ooze immobilizing foam, and axles designed to explode to prevent a trailer from being towed away, according to independent nuclear weapons experts.
“The trucks will kill you,” a scientist involved in the matter said.
It sounds like something out of Indiana Jones, but instead it’s on the highways.
It is an open secret that even the U.S. government’s little-known Office of Secure Transportation agency, under the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
Over the years, nuclear weapons have been dropped from planes by accident, gone missing at highly secure, top secret U.S. military bases, and much has been done in secret.
Perhaps it is a wonder that things have gone as smoothly as they have.
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yeeeeaaaahhhh…..they said nuclear power plants was safe too….until three mile island….chernobyl…..fuuuuckyousheemah…..WHO’s NEXT?
Where’s my thumbs up button????
These truck will kill you. TRUTH. I worked in DOE Nuclear Weapons Security for six years and dealt with a couple of these trucks. Safe Secure Transport (SST) You are not hijacking this thing. There classified surprises for anyone who tries. Plutonium 239 is only Alpha/Beta emitter. These are not highly radioactive materials. I thought about joining the Office of Secure Transportation, but didn’t want to be on the road so much.
And people are suprised about this? How do you think it gets moved? When I was in the AF, we trucked Minuteman warheads all over in the back of semis, and yes we had a few accidents. Nuclear waste is also trucked and railed all over this country and no one tells you it is coming through your town.
Why is it that everyone feels compelled to publish Anything and Everything?
Some things should Not be spoken about.
Some things should Not be on the average persons radar.
Some information should Not be published in the open.
This Topic is one that should Not be talked about or published.
You could be responsible for making a dangerous and difficult job.
More dangerous. More difficult.
What happened to common sense?
Keeping your mouth shut is often a Good idea.
Not publishing information like this article is a Great idea.
Please: Pull this article before some moronic idiot savage in a dirty night shirt gets ideas.
Yes and amen
Loose lips sink ships
Same reason people feel compelled to make private conversation public.
That is one 18 wheeler I will NOT be tailgating any time soon…
Please. Complete warheads would never be shipped (at least I am hoping that is the case) in one container. Parts would be shipped via multiple trucks, and even if you got them all, arming them would be near impossible without the arming codes.
Do you think they are disassembled at the Navy or Air Force base? Nope. Try the Pantex Facility outside Amarillo TX.
I want one !! ???
I bet there is more than Nuclear Weapons inside.
Perhaps TPTB be traveling in style inside one of these fortified bunkers. Like, I said: I want one.
Were I live near LaSalle nuke plat there more than likely tons of this crap going though Seneca, Marseilles, and Ottawa.
No wonder I glow at night!!! save on the electric bill.(LOL)
Those are tempting targets for ISIS or any other terrorist group.
There are things that need to remain secret and this is one of them. Listening to everyones phone or electronic transmissions is not one of them.
Well,all one cay say is;
Cause we got a mighty convoy
Rockin’ through the night.
Yeah, we got a mighty convoy,
Ain’t she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
‘Cross the U-S-A.
Convoy! Convoy! Convoy! Convoy!
Dammit!Now I got that stupid song stuck in me head!Why the hell do I even remember songs like that!
You are stuck in a time warp. Possibly even a vortex of shit.
Grandad worked for Reaction Motors who made the X-15 engine. Grandad was not actually on the X-15 project, he did other cool stuff, but he was in a meeting where the subject of moving the X-15 test engine from the East coast to a test area in Nevada. The group was talking about using a rail car. Even though it wasn’t his project he couldn’t stand it, and said what are you freaking nuts? People use moving rail cars for target practice. The one of a kind multi-million dollar engine (a fortune in 1950’s money) would arrive and look like Swiss Cheese!
The boss took him seriously enough that they leased a rail car and lined it with fresh plywood. Then they had it transported to the destination in Nevada. It arrived with 37 bullet holes in the interior plywood, and the rail car walls stop 22LR? They talked to the Air Force, who arranged for the biggest transport plane of the day, and the engine was flown to the destination without a scratch.
I understand nuclear material is moved in bullet proof caskets that must be immune to all ammunition found in the private sector.
By the way I have spotted these trucks on the highway. Bullet proof glass on the cab usually gives them away, along with the armored escort vehicles. I saw them on highways, that weren’t on the videos map by the article..
Does anyone know the details of the truck that leaked nuklear waste on a Georgia highway and the highway had to be torn up and replaced?
They used the old road to repave the city of Detroit. That’s why they have so much lead in their ass they can’t move.
The second video does not show an OST convoy. It is one of the Air Force convoys that an earlier commenter mentioned. if the author got that wrong, how much else in this article is inaccurate? Just askin’
see one the other day, placket read “radiation” Idaho/MT boarder. that video was funny all those H-vees and guns. who’s to bet the truck was empty and real item was transpo’d out the back door in a mil-truck painted like a u-haul.
So what? I’ve got two automobiles full of gasoline which,if set of properly would take out a lot of my home. Should I care?
“But inside may have been weapons-grade plutonium, uranium, a nuclear bomb or other highly dangerous materials, passing by little detected, but carefully guarded by accompanying convoy vehicles filled with armed federal guards with authorization to use deadly fire.”