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Nuclear missile base flunked security drill

According to an internal Air Force review obtained by The Associated Press, armed security forces at a nuclear missile base failed a drill last summer that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo because they were unable to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon. The AP's Robert Burns writes, "the previously unreported failure, which the Air Force called a `critical deficiency,' was the reason the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana flunked its broader safety and security inspection."

Tags: nuclear missile base , ap , Robert Burns , Air Force , 341st Missile Wing ,

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 06:28pm EDT

Commanders fired in nuke missile cheating scandal

The Air Force fired nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announced it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal. Air Force officials called the discipline unprecedented.

Tags: firings , Air Force , cheating scandal

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:12am EDT