In pictures: Cold War missile base
Larson Site A, a former Titan 1 Missile Base in Washington, became operational in 1962 - and was decommissioned only 3 years later.
Last of deadly VX rockets are destroyed
A chemical weapons incinerator destroyed the last of 36,000 rockets carrying the deadly nerve agent VX, part of a huge munitions stockpile that dated back to the Cold War. The rockets were considered the most hazardous part of the stockpile because they were loaded with explosive propellant and VX, which can kill a person within minutes. With the U.S. facing a treaty deadline of 2012 to eliminate its stockpile of chemical weapons, the incinerator will now be equipped to destroy artillery shells loaded with VX.
Cold War tale of surprise nuclear assault by U.S.
On Sept. 26, 1983, Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov of the Soviet Army was a watch officer at a satellite surveillance facility near of Moscow. His job was to monitor the satellites that would warn of a surprise nuclear assault. At a little past 12:30 a.m. his board lit up, telling him that the US had just launched a nuclear missile. This made no sense to Petrov, as US probably would have sent over more than one missile. He dismissed the warning as a false alarm. Just a few moments later though, another warning was sent, telling him that an additional four missiles were being launched. Colonel Petrov pretty much had his finger on the button at that point.