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92 nuclear officers implicated in cheating scandal
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:28:20 PM »
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92 nuclear officers implicated in cheating scandal
Published January 30, 2014
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Thursday the number of nuclear force officers implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal has grown to 92 out of a force of 500.

James spoke to reporters after touring nuclear bases around the country, which The Associated Press has revealed suffers from such low morale and burnout that they have committed serious security lapses other breakdowns.

James, who is new to the job, said the nuclear force is beset by "undue stress and fear," and said the nuclear force suffers "systemic problems."

The Air Force announced recently that initially 17 officers were believed to have been involved in cheating on a monthly proficiency test to ensure they know how to maintain, and launch, nuclear missiles.

The widening cheating scandal has set off a top-level search for solutions.

For the first time, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel summoned 15 of his top Air Force, Navy and nuclear mission leaders to the Pentagon, where they worked Wednesday to figure out whether cultural problems within the nuclear force make launch officers feel more compelled to cheat on their proficiency tests.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the officials spent the bulk of the meeting discussing the breadth of the problems, which include low morale, cheating and serious security lapses, and how to begin solving them.

"I think the general consensus in the room was that we all need to accept the reality that there probably are systemic issues in the personnel growth and development inside the nuclear mission," Kirby told Pentagon reporters after the two-hour meeting with Hagel. "The secretary made it clear at the end of the meeting that he intends to do these on a regular basis."

The cheating scandal is the latest revelation in a growing morass of problems among the men and women who maintain and staff the nation's nuclear missiles.

The number of officers in the nuclear corps who have been implicated in a cheating investigation has now nearly tripled.

All are at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., which is responsible for 150 Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles, or one-third of the entire Minuteman 3 force.

The Air Force also is taking a closer look at its nuclear leadership. Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, who heads Global Strike Command, has ordered the 20th Air Force, which oversees the Minuteman 3 missiles, to re-evaluate all senior leadership moves at the three air wings that operate the missiles. Besides Malmstrom, these missiles are kept at F.E. Warren in Wyoming and Minot in North Dakota.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the additional airmen suspected of being involved in cheating on proficiency tests are alleged to have participated in the cheating directly or were involved indirectly.

The meeting Wednesday included the heads of the Air Force and Navy nuclear weapons organizations, as well as U.S. Strategic Command, which is responsible for nuclear war planning and for oversight of the nuclear forces.

The Air Force announced on Jan. 15 that while it was investigating possible criminal drug use by some airmen, it discovered that one missile officer at Malmstrom had shared test questions with 16 other officers. It said another 17 admitted to knowing about this cheating but did not report it. The 34 officers had their security clearances suspended and they were taken off missile launch duty.

The Air Force has 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, on alert at all times, with a contingent of about 500 launch control officers, some number of which are unavailable on any given day due to illness or other reasons. So the number temporarily unavailable for duty because of the cheating scandal is substantial. It's not clear how that affects the mission, beyond requiring the remaining crew members to bear a bigger share of the work.

Each day, a total of 90 officers work in pairs inside 45 underground launch control centers, with each center monitoring and controlling a group of 10 ICBMs. They work 24-hour shifts in the missile field and then return to their base. They generally do as many as eight of these shifts per month.

The tests in question are designed to ensure proficiency by launch officers in handling "emergency war orders," which involve the classified processing of orders received through their chain of command to launch a missile. These written tests are in addition to two other types of monthly testing on the missile system and on launch codes.

Malmstrom is home to the 341st Missile Wing, which is one of three ICBM groups. The other two are in North Dakota and Wyoming.

 

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Re: 92 nuclear officers implicated in cheating scandal
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2014, 07:34:52 AM »
summoned by chuck hagel?  4 words that should never be put together in a sentence regarding our upper echelon of officers
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Re: 92 nuclear officers implicated in cheating scandal
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2014, 09:23:36 AM »
summoned by chuck hagel?  4 words that should never be put together in a sentence regarding our upper echelon of officers

I'm actually pleased to see it. Civilian oversight only works if the civilian is willing to do the work. Of course, they must also be willing to take advice - something we'll have to see about.

Panetta was not. He was too busy pushing his master's agenda to do the actual job, and cheating on proficiency and readiness tests became rife under his time in all branches of the services.

While I am hoping Hagel is "just doing his job" and concentrating on the most important force multiplier first, there is a more ominous possibility. Obama does want to significantly decrease America's nuclear arsenal - this might be a perfect reason to do it. Entire units demoted, suspended or dismissed at once. Can't use a weapon if it doesn't have a crew or maintenance.
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Re: 92 nuclear officers implicated in cheating scandal
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2014, 09:35:32 AM »
I'm actually pleased to see it. Civilian oversight only works if the civilian is willing to do the work. Of course, they must also be willing to take advice - something we'll have to see about.

Panetta was not. He was too busy pushing his master's agenda to do the actual job, and cheating on proficiency and readiness tests became rife under his time in all branches of the services.

While I am hoping Hagel is "just doing his job" and concentrating on the most important force multiplier first, there is a more ominous possibility. Obama does want to significantly decrease America's nuclear arsenal - this might be a perfect reason to do it. Entire units demoted, suspended or dismissed at once. Can't use a weapon if it doesn't have a crew or maintenance.

hagel is another "vietnam hero" in the mold of john kerry, "speaking power to the 'man'" becoming "the man"
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Re: 92 nuclear officers implicated in cheating scandal
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2014, 09:38:33 AM »

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Re: 92 nuclear officers implicated in cheating scandal
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2014, 09:46:38 AM »
The focus of the Air Force has been more on integrating women into the force, and of late homosexuals as well.  Our nuclear capable forces have always been labor intensive and had incredibly high standards, but maintaining that is very expensive and we all know about cuts in budgets.....

Not an excuse, but certainly one large part of the cause.


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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2014, 09:50:39 AM »
When you are playing with toys that can make whole cities disappear in an instant, you had better have high standards!

The article Myst just posted sums it up very well: "Culture of fear." It ties into your budget comment as well. Under-performing units don't get the promotions or the good stuff.
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2014, 10:06:27 AM »
For all you nice people who see nothing askew here....

WTF??   :whistle:

Given what Obama has done to "fundamentally transform the United States of America"....y'all are putting a lot of trust in the man.

...sacking the head of the Nuclear Arsenal in Germany for getting inebriated...WHILE OFF DUTY, is well....in a word BULLSHIT.

He's purging the military and replacing them with koolade drinking zombies.
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Re: 92 nuclear officers implicated in cheating scandal
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2014, 10:52:58 AM »
For all you nice people who see nothing askew here....

WTF??   :whistle:

Given what Obama has done to "fundamentally transform the United States of America"....y'all are putting a lot of trust in the man.

...sacking the head of the Nuclear Arsenal in Germany for getting inebriated...WHILE OFF DUTY, is well....in a word BULLSHIT.

He's purging the military and replacing them with koolade drinking zombies.

yet they can remain in contact with each other.  it's not like they've been sent off to the gulags.
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2014, 11:00:55 AM »
yet they can remain in contact with each other.  it's not like they've been sent off to the gulags.

LOL!

Now we can see how the effect "FEAR" has on a person.

Maybe Snowden is a double agent?  Maybe they want the general population to actually think that every phone call and email have been copied and can be reviewed upon a moment's notice.  That they can obtain every place you've been through your GPS...how fast you were driving, etc..

If 1930's Germany had the technology we have today, the world would be a very different place.
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2014, 02:24:19 PM »
LOL!

Now we can see how the effect "FEAR" has on a person.

Maybe Snowden is a double agent?  Maybe they want the general population to actually think that every phone call and email have been copied and can be reviewed upon a moment's notice.  That they can obtain every place you've been through your GPS...how fast you were driving, etc..

If 1930's Germany had the technology we have today, the world would be a very different place.

the answer to the nsa?  point the antennaes outward, not inward.
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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2014, 02:36:42 PM »
the answer to the nsa?  point the antennaes outward, not inward.

Would you trust them?

I wouldn't. There is a certain type of person attracted to that sort of work. We called them rats. You may have a different term. The sort of person that would grass you up for smoking in a none designated zone, or for spitting on the pavement.
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2014, 02:47:22 PM »
Would you trust them?

I wouldn't. There is a certain type of person attracted to that sort of work. We called them rats. You may have a different term. The sort of person that would grass you up for smoking in a none designated zone, or for spitting on the pavement.

I believe the saying is, "nobody likes a tattle tale"
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2014, 05:22:37 PM »
I believe the saying is, "nobody likes a tattle tale"

It's not as cute as that, ONC.

It's more a power rush they get by making somebody cower.  To get them to obey and be afraid.  To hold that power....even if it's a citation for jaywalking or a parking ticket confrontation with a harried shopper.

That's not being a tattletale.  That's being a pr*ck! 
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2014, 05:38:32 PM »
I'd call it a bit of both.

Being exposed to cartoons almost constantly (my sanity is around here somewhere) I always think of NSA and TSA types as Randall from Recess. Constantly sneaking and peeking, then running to teacher.
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