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  • Failures In The USAF Nuclear Missile Corps

    Over the past 2 years, The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation's nuclear missile corps.
    In April 2013, 19 launch officers in the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, were taken off duty and given weeks of remedial training after being found unfit to perform. The wing's deputy commander of operations complained of "rot" in the force. The officer in charge of crew training and proficiency was fired.
    The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, failed a safety-and-security inspection. Nine days later, the officer in charge of security forces was relieved of duty. The unit passed a do-over in October.
    An internal Air Force review of the Malmstrom inspection, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that the inspection failed because security forces did not respond adequately to a simulated hostile takeover of a silo housing a nuclear missile. The Air Force implemented numerous corrective measures, mainly designed to increase and improve security forces training.
    Twice, the Air Force punished officers involved in separate incidents of opening the blast door of their underground launch control center while one of the two launch officers was asleep, in violation of Air Force rules.
    A Rand Corp. research study obtained by the AP found that missile corps members felt "burnout" from what they saw as exhausting, unrewarding and stressful work. The report also cited heightened levels of misconduct such as spousal abuse.
    In October 2013 the Air Force removed Maj. Gen. Michael Carey from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for the entire Minuteman 3 missile force, for embarrassing, drunken behavior in Russia.
    In January 2014 dozens of missile launch officers were implicated in a cheating scandal at Malmstrom and were stripped of their certification in what the Air Force called the largest such breach of integrity in the nuclear force. The cheating involved the monthly test on their knowledge of how to operate the missiles. That scandal was revealed as part of a drug-use investigation that involved three ICBM launch officers.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/01/25...rps-probe.html

    USAF MIshap That Damnaged a Nuclear Missile In Silo:
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/01/25...view-team.html

    For those here suffering from extreme Foxophobic paranoia, be sure to note that the study was conducted by the Assosciated Press.

    It's a lengthy study continuing to the present, so I recommend reading the entire article. One should be wondering what the Commander-in-Chief is doing about this problem, given the apparent inability of the Air Force to fix it and the importance of these incredibly powerful and dangerous weapons.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

  • #2
    This story has been around a while and is one more argument, in my opinion, for abolishing the USAF as a separate service and folding it back into the US Army.

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    • #3
      Well... this made me think of the scandals with the SS, the Secret Service has been plagued by truthful reports about their affection for Hookers, Drugs and wicked parties. This indicates to me that Obama has stuffed the SS with Politically reliable goons in preference to men who are professional, and the same seems to be true of the ICBM troops.
      Two things you would want absolute control of, if you were planning to hold on to your office by force.

      Or, there may be another answer-



      World War III
      The runup

      National Interest - The U.S. Air Force has reportedly decided to temporarily call off its campaign to retire the long-serving A-10.
      http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the...ther-day-14905


      War Is Boring - These Are the Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2016

      http://warisboring.com/articles/thes...frica-in-2016/


      Europe in 2029. YouTube video, 5m 51s. (h/t Col. Bunny )
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA6LD7yqNJU


      Club Orlov - Financial collapse is already baked in. Political collapse will be resisted, and the way it will be resisted is by starting as many wars as possible
      http://cluborlov.blogspot.mx/2016/01...ds-to-war.html

      Washington Times - Federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...to-arm-agenci/

      The Aviationist - Russia to deploy Ka-52 attack helicopters to Syria to protect Latakia air base. [Article describes the Electronic Warfare System on the Ka-52]
      http://theaviationist.com/2016/01/15...akia-air-base/
      Last edited by The Exorcist; 25 Jan 16, 11:48.

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      • #4
        I heard about this clear back in '88 when I toured a Minuteman installation in Wyoming. At that time, they were talking about the need for their established "ethics and morals" training aimed at convincing young male and female missile officers that firing their missiles was the right thing to do. Meanwhile, the missile officers were the most junior officers in the Missile Wing, since they were considered the only ones reliable enough to launch on command. Our entire nuclear force was in the hands of youngsters no older than 21 or22 tops, and the USAF preferred unmarried missile officers, as their studies had shown they were the ones "most likely to obey the launch command.

        The real back story, however, was the changes that had to be incorporated into our launch system to guarantee even a partial launch:

        1. A launch of all silos would occur if a majority of the sites under a specific command bunker launched their missiles, even if one or more of the silos did not. That was six out of ten at the time.

        2. If a majority did not "launch commit", the command bunker could fire all of those missiles itself.

        3. Failing that, the Missile Command itself could command the launch.

        No one would say how much delay that might cause, in a Doomsday scenario that could not last longer than 20 minutes maximum, the time it would take Russian missile to impact American targets.

        The real problem is a go-nowhere career that never sees real action, but is required to maintain split-second response time 24/7. No medals, no commendations, no I-was-there ribbons, nothing but enormous, unrelenting psychological pressure. That's enough to burn out anybody several times over.

        Last edited by Mountain Man; 25 Jan 16, 16:43. Reason: spelling error due to diplopia
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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        • #5
          If these missiles were part of the US Army and those manning them part of the artillery branch then they'd have more opportunity to move up and into other positions. With the USAF they are pigeon holed into that position with virtually no chance of actual career advancement.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post
            Well... this made me think of the scandals with the SS, the Secret Service has been plagued by truthful reports about their affection for Hookers, Drugs and wicked parties. This indicates to me that Obama has stuffed the SS with Politically reliable goons in preference to men who are professional, and the same seems to be true of the ICBM troops.
            Two things you would want absolute control of, if you were planning to hold on to your office by force.

            Or, there may be another answer-



            World War III
            The runup

            National Interest - The U.S. Air Force has reportedly decided to temporarily call off its campaign to retire the long-serving A-10.
            http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the...ther-day-14905


            War Is Boring - These Are the Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2016

            http://warisboring.com/articles/thes...frica-in-2016/


            Europe in 2029. YouTube video, 5m 51s. (h/t Col. Bunny )
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA6LD7yqNJU


            Club Orlov - Financial collapse is already baked in. Political collapse will be resisted, and the way it will be resisted is by starting as many wars as possible
            http://cluborlov.blogspot.mx/2016/01...ds-to-war.html

            Washington Times - Federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.

            http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...to-arm-agenci/

            The Aviationist - Russia to deploy Ka-52 attack helicopters to Syria to protect Latakia air base. [Article describes the Electronic Warfare System on the Ka-52]
            http://theaviationist.com/2016/01/15...akia-air-base/
            And what specifically would that "other answer" be in the context under discussion?
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
              This story has been around a while and is one more argument, in my opinion, for abolishing the USAF as a separate service and folding it back into the US Army.
              If you read the article, the story has not only been around, but is still occurring right this month, this year.

              A better answer might be to place nuclear deterence entirely in the hands of the Navy Submarine Service.
              Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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