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Hundreds of nuke components unaccounted for ...
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, June 19, 2008

And you wonder why Sec. Gates fired the Air Force chief of staff and Air Force Secretary?
The US military cannot locate hundreds of sensitive nuclear missile components, according to several government officials familiar with a Pentagon report on nuclear safeguards.
It has been a while since I was around anything nuclear, but I have to tell you that apparently accountability in my company weapons room was better than the Air Forces' nuclear program.

Given the high priority nuclear accountability is supposed to get, I find the apparent laxity that would have "hundreds of sensitive nuclear missile components" unaccounted for to be an indication of gross dereliction of duty at all levels of command. It makes the two firings pretty righteous as far as I can tell. Given the apparent extent of the problem, however, I'd think that a whole bunch of heads must have rolled at lower levels too. This is just a wholly unacceptable situation.
 
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Yes, it does seem odd, to hear something like this.

Perhaps it’s not what it seems.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
Something just doesn’t smell right with this. By law, a complete inventory of all Nuclear material has to be accomplished for every nuke storage facility every 6 months. This is done all the way down to the individual piece part level - anything that is a Nuke, can be tied to a Nuke, and can be used to tie a Nuke to another article or vehicle. And with anything that is done regarding Nuke, two-man control is mandatory. So even an inventory had to be checked and cross-checked time and again. If there is an error in this process then it is one of gargantuan proportions.
 
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Something just doesn’t smell right with this. By law, a complete inventory of all Nuclear material has to be accomplished for every nuke storage facility every 6 months. This is done all the way down to the individual piece part level - anything that is a Nuke, can be tied to a Nuke, and can be used to tie a Nuke to another article or vehicle. And with anything that is done regarding Nuke, two-man control is mandatory. So even an inventory had to be checked and cross-checked time and again. If there is an error in this process then it is one of gargantuan proportions.

1) DLA ships 3 nuclear fuses to Taiwan, doesn’t catch the error for THREE YEARS
2) Minot AFB loads 6 nuclear weapons onto a B-52, thinking they are inert weapons, not LIVE warheads.
3) Minot AFB fails recertification and fails nuclear security testing....

This is not your or your grand-father’s Air Force. As much as I cheered the demise of SAC, I do believe that standards have gotten a little lax at ACC and Space Command. Check out "In From the Cold" for a set of "articles" on Minot and their multiple command failings...the Nuclear security posting was great...guards not knowing their duties, one guard playing video games on his phone, one security section failing to come on station during an alert...and the whole Two Man policy and the Personnel Reliability Program, Uh-UH, at least not at Minot

Bottom-Line: in the old days what you wrote was true, but today..."Dude are all the Nukes here?" Looks out door of office, scans lines of crates, "Yeah, looks like it to me." "Good, let’s go grab a beer."
 
Written By: Joe
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Not a good week for the Air Force, some details on the weapons spares problem, a quick re-cpa of Minot’s woes, and now the head of the USAF Reserve is under IG investigation, on top of the Thunder Vision Probe and the fact that the Flag Officer involved has been given new jobs and new postings, even though under USAF regulations that is not to happen until s/he is cleared...

I think the management of the Air Force is a little broken...
 
Written By: Joe
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I used to work with a guy (now deceased) who was in logistics in the Air Force in the 60’s.

He told me a few stories that had me wondering just which end was up.

Two of the best were ..

A train load of supplies arrived at McGuire AFB in New Jersey with no manifest, so he and a bunch of logistics folks ran out and started to unloaded the cars while making a manifest. They finally came to a car that had a padlock on it (the others had nothing) and there they found these little "blue containers". When they tried to open one to see what they were, they found a nuclear symbol. They immediately put armed guards around the car until the containers were transferred to a secure location.

The second story was about how one night in October 1962, he got a call to be ready at 5 AM to ferry some material to another site. A car would pick him up. At 5 AM he took the car to a waiting plane, signed for the shipment and they took off with just enough time to get a cup of coffee before liftoff. Once airborne, he went back to see just what he had signed for. In the back of the plane there were a bunch of those "blue containers". He was on his way to Gitmo.
 
Written By: Neo
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"Given the apparent extent of the problem, however, I’d think that a whole bunch of heads must have rolled at lower levels too"

I will bet money that any disciplinary action was minimal. Bureaucracies simply do not purge or discipline themselves without some outside forcing.

" This is not your or your grand-father’s Air Force. "

Bingo. The rot has had a few years to set in. Since 1989 or thereabouts, the sense of mission and personal commitment has gone. All that is left is another bureaucracy, and not one with high visibility and good career prospects.
 
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