Asked about this at a Senate hearing Wednesday, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, the service’s top official, explained the problem by stressing that launch control officers are relatively junior in rank — lieutenants and captains — and need to be reminded continually of the importance of “this awesome responsibility” for which they have been trained.To learn how America learned to "stop worrying and love the bomb," see my new book, Hollywood Bomb.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
No Biggie: Just 'Rot' Among Our Nuclear Missile Launch Guys
AP with exclusive on unprecedented firing of 17 members of our missile teams who can launch nukes--and "rot" and "crisis" within the system. Yes, despite my efforts, most people think little of our still-vast nuclear arsenal, and "first-strike" policy. “We are, in fact, in a crisis right now,” the commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email obtained by AP and confirmed by the Air Force.
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