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Hagel suggests nuclear proficiency tests may be too difficult
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:26:23 AM »

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Re: Hagel suggests nuclear proficiency tests may be too difficult
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2014, 03:28:29 AM »
How hard can it be:

In the capsule, an alarm would have alerted the two-person missile crew of those directives. Immediately, over the speaker system, the launch control officers would hear a coded message, giving the command to launch. After verifying the message's authenticity, the launch officers would unlock a small, red, "Emergency War Order" safe above the deputy commander's control panel. Within the box were two launch keys. Each officer would take one key, and insert it into his or her control console. The missileers would then strap themselves into their console chairs and begin the final countdown.
At the end of the countdown sequence, the officers would turn their launch keys. The Air Force employed several fail-safes to prevent an unauthorized missile launch. For example, both officers had to turn their launch keys in unison. Because the launch switches were 12 feet apart, it was impossible for one person to turn both keys at once. The final command to launch also required another "vote" (two missileers performing the same procedure at another Launch Control Center in the missile field) from outside of the capsule.

When the second vote came in, the LAUNCH IN PROCESS display would illuminate. Explosive gas generators would then push open the 90-ton launch doors covering the ten missile silos, and the nuclear-tipped Minutemen would begin streaking toward their targets half a world away. As each missile blasted from its silo, its upper umbilical cable would sever, triggering the MISSILE AWAY light on the commander's control panel.

In less than five minutes, the capsule missileers would have completed their mission. The Minuteman missiles would take another half hour to reach their targets
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Re: Hagel suggests nuclear proficiency tests may be too difficult
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 10:13:53 PM »
How hard can it be:

In the capsule, an alarm would have alerted the two-person missile crew of those directives. Immediately, over the speaker system, the launch control officers would hear a coded message, giving the command to launch. After verifying the message's authenticity, the launch officers would unlock a small, red, "Emergency War Order" safe above the deputy commander's control panel. Within the box were two launch keys. Each officer would take one key, and insert it into his or her control console. The missileers would then strap themselves into their console chairs and begin the final countdown.
At the end of the countdown sequence, the officers would turn their launch keys. The Air Force employed several fail-safes to prevent an unauthorized missile launch. For example, both officers had to turn their launch keys in unison. Because the launch switches were 12 feet apart, it was impossible for one person to turn both keys at once. The final command to launch also required another "vote" (two missileers performing the same procedure at another Launch Control Center in the missile field) from outside of the capsule.

When the second vote came in, the LAUNCH IN PROCESS display would illuminate. Explosive gas generators would then push open the 90-ton launch doors covering the ten missile silos, and the nuclear-tipped Minutemen would begin streaking toward their targets half a world away. As each missile blasted from its silo, its upper umbilical cable would sever, triggering the MISSILE AWAY light on the commander's control panel.

In less than five minutes, the capsule missileers would have completed their mission. The Minuteman missiles would take another half hour to reach their targets

It's not the doing, it's the waiting to do.  Considering the degree to which tasks can be done remotely, they ought to be giving these folks something more to do while they're on duty, but in such a way that they don't have to leave the command capsule and can drop what they're doing at a moment's notice to respond to a launch command.

Makes one wonder just how well the old Soviet missile launch crews did, given that Soviet soldierly weren't usually quite as high in quality as US.
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Re: Hagel suggests nuclear proficiency tests may be too difficult
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 11:18:41 PM »
Makes one wonder just how well the old Soviet missile launch crews did, given that Soviet soldierly weren't usually quite as high in quality as US.

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 12:01:24 AM »
It's not the doing, it's the waiting to do.  Considering the degree to which tasks can be done remotely, they ought to be giving these folks something more to do while they're on duty, but in such a way that they don't have to leave the command capsule and can drop what they're doing at a moment's notice to respond to a launch command.

Makes one wonder just how well the old Soviet missile launch crews did, given that Soviet soldierly weren't usually quite as high in quality as US.

You are coorect. These men and women spend 95 percent of their time of doing nothing.

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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 12:02:17 AM »
They played chess.

They do other things like paint the blast doors, study of their PhD exams,etc

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Re: Hagel suggests nuclear proficiency tests may be too difficult
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2014, 01:00:53 AM »
Not nukes - but when we were on alert status, we'd take turns giving lectures on something that interested us. Kept your mind active, but you could drop it in an instant if necessary.

Reading to each other - books, newspapers, journals,then talking about the articles or chapters. Painting was uncommon, but charcoals and pastels were both popular. Cooking was hugely popular for everyone. Monopo;y was banned though - too much chance of a fight.
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Re: Hagel suggests nuclear proficiency tests may be too difficult
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2014, 05:45:12 AM »
Not nukes - but when we were on alert status, we'd take turns giving lectures on something that interested us. Kept your mind active, but you could drop it in an instant if necessary.

Reading to each other - books, newspapers, journals,then talking about the articles or chapters. Painting was uncommon, but charcoals and pastels were both popular. Cooking was hugely popular for everyone. Monopo;y was banned though - too much chance of a fight.

My university professor used the station to play music to the other areas in the base.


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