Malmstrom Air Force Base

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

WASHINGTON (AP) – At what point do breakdowns in discipline put the country’s nuclear security in jeopardy? And when does a string of embarrassing episodes in arguably the military’s most sensitive mission become a pattern […]

01/18/2014

This April 15, 1997 file photo shows an Air Force missile crew commander standing at the door of his launch capsule 100-feet under ground where he and his partner are responsible for 10 nuclear-armed ICBM's, in north-central Colorado. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

AP EXCLUSIVE: Nuke officers left blast door open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or […]

10/22/2013

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No. 2 US nuke commander suspended amid probe

WASHINGTON (AP) – The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces has been suspended and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Command for issues related […]

09/28/2013

In this image released by the U.S. Air Force, a Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, John Parie)

Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation’s land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with […]

08/13/2013

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