Malmstrom under Pressure, Official States
The combination of a new arms reduction treaty and the budget-cutting exercise under way at the Pentagon could threaten the future of Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., Cascade County Commissioner Joe Briggs told local officials Wednesday.
One way the Pentagon could carry out reductions called for under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty would be to eliminate a wing of 150 land-based missiles, Briggs said, reported the Great Falls Tribune. Each of the nation’s three intercontinental missile bases — Malmstrom, F.E. Warren, Wyo., and Minot, N.D. — has 150 silo-based missiles. While F.E. Warren and Minot have other missions, the missile wing is Malmstrom’s single major mission.
One effort to increase Malmstrom’s value is a joint land use study designed to limit encroachment outside the base. Briggs said the base’s vacant runway could attract a new flying mission or be used for civilian operations in the event of a base closure.