"A B-52 bomber mistakenly loaded with six nuclear warheads flew from Minot Air Force Base, ND, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on August 30, resulting in an Air Force-wide investigation..." -- Army Times, September 10. 2007
"The weapons were always in our custody and there was never a danger to the American public." - Air Force Spokesman
UPDATED WITH NEW CONTENT! It is 30 August 2007; six Advanced Cruise Missiles (ACM’s) with live W80-1 nuclear warheads are discovered at Barksdale Air Force Base on a B52-H Stratofortress. The aircraft had just flown a proficiency mission from Minot AFB to Barksdale AFB, but no details of the flight itself are made public
There is speculation about the unauthorized presence of six live “nukes” at Barksdale AFB. Some think the six cruise missiles are part of a clandestine mission to hand them off to some unnamed party for purposes unknown. However, the entire plot was exposed by brave whistle-blowers.
This story rejects that notion. What if twelve fully-armed ACM 129A cruise missiles had actually been loaded at Minot AFB? What clandestine “shell-game” would move six live ACM’s while enroute and substituted with six inert ones? The six live missiles discovered at Barksdale would totally divert attention away from the real transfer process.
The Director of ONYX OPS code-named PALADIN, masterminds a high-stakes sleight of hand where all locations and methods depicted are factual.
This is the first in "The Paladin Papers" series of stories. In a world where nothing is "black and white" only infinite shades of gray, PALADIN and his ONYX OPS organization ruthlessly navigate the world of black operations.
“PAVE BOLO: Target Iran” is the fifth story in “The Paladin Papers” military techno-thriller series. It is also a thought-provoking prequel to its companion story “411: Cybergeddon. Iran is reeling. The “Stuxnet” computer vrus infects its nuclear program control systems. Iranian leaders are hungry for revenge. Resisting calls to halt their nuclear programs, a crushing cyber-strike against the United States is planned. It’s time for PALADIN and his Onyx Ops team to derail Iran’s nuclear ambitions. They unleash one unique weapons system tracing its legacy to the Cold War and another taken from the pages of tomorrow's science fiction in a single, decisive masterstroke.
“411: Cybergeddon” - it is April 11 - “411” - in the near future. Iranian agents launch brutal cyber attacks whose impacts eclipse “911“. PALADIN and his Onyx Ops team must track down the perpetrators and deliver swift justice. The story moves from Dubai and Venezuela to the United States. Scenarios in the story mirror actual industrial mishaps and SCADA-related security failures. It is also a cautionary tale about just how fragile our society truly is.
“ONYX OPS: The Paladin Papers” - Masters of black ops ruthlessly navigate today’s globalization. From World War II, to the Cuban Revolution and the Kennedy assassination, through the CIA’s Operation Phoenix and the oil fields of Vietnam. It leads to today’s Afghanistan. Must-read, fast-paced fiction with high-impact insights into the geopolitics of global resources. You will think about this long after you put it down.
TACIT ALUMNI: Tracking Terror” - in a world of Global Jihad, it is September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. From downtown Washington DC to Area 51 to Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, “PALADIN” and his high-tech Onyx Ops team commemorate this tragic event in their own special way. Follow the masters of global black operations at Onyx Ops as they orchestrate new technologies in the relentless hunt for terrorists.
This is an excursion into the near future of Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology and the possibilities it raises. We justifiably fret over the “asymmetric attacks” from our adversaries. We sometimes forget that we have the technological means at our fingert
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Published July 10, 2010
by self published.
Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction.