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A Problem With Discipline: The Guys In Charge Of Our Nuclear Arsenal Are Napping, Gambling and Otherwise Screwing Up


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A Problem With Discipline: The Guys In Charge Of Our Nuclear Arsenal Are Napping, Gambling and Otherwise Screwing Up

Abby Zimet

Not to alarm, but in the last two weeks this happened: Air Force officers were twice found to have left open a blast door to nuclear missiles in their underground command post while they napped, thus leaving launch codes open to theft - a slip that's common, but usually undetected; the Air Force fired the general in charge of 450 nuclear missiles due to “loss of trust and confidence” in him; and the Navy removed the deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces amidst charges he used counterfeit chips while gambling at an Iowa casino. So: not just a gambler, but a cheater. In the napping incident, the Air Force explains the launch center boasts "multiple safeguards and other protections" before anyone could reach the multi-ton, concrete-and-steel blast door secured by 12 hydraulically operated steel pins. When, that is, it's closed.