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Air Force Swears: Our Nuke Launch Code Was Never '00000000'
Foreign Policy ^
| JANUARY 20, 2014
| DAN LAMOTHE
Posted on 01/21/2014 4:11:46 PM PST by nickcarraway
For nearly a decade, an awkward debate has raged about the U.S. military's nuclear force: Did top Air Force officials really choose "00000000" as a code that could enable the launch of a nuclear missile? Ten years later, in a document obtained by Foreign Policy, the U.S. military told Congress that it never happened. But is the Pentagon telling the truth?
Bruce Blair, a nuclear security expert and former launch officer , says no. Blair, now a scholar and author at Princeton University, first raised the idea in a piece published in 2004. He accused the Air Force of circumventing President John F. Kennedy's 1962 order to install extra security codes to safeguard against accidental or unauthorized launch by putting them in place, but making them painfully simple to the missile launch officers who manned underground bunkers. Doing so, Blair said, effectively eliminated the codes' usefulness.
The U.S. military says that's not the case. A new wave of media coverage sparked by online media outlets last year prompted the House Armed Services Committee to ask about the issue, and the military responded by insisting "00000000" was never used.
"A code consisting of eight zeroes has never been used to enable a MM ICBM, as claimed by Dr. Bruce Blair," the new document, obtained by FP, insists, while laying out the basics on how a nuclear missile can be launched.
(Excerpt) Read more at complex.foreignpolicy.com ...
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coldwar; denial; icbm; nationalsecurity; password; usaf
Must have picked it up from Star Trek TOS destruct code.
The closest I ever came to getting shot was after coming out of the SAC command post after the Col kicked the safe that held the codes setting off an alarm.
I’d be sorely disappointed to learn I almost got shot over something like this.
posted on 01/21/2014 4:14:56 PM PST
(I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
Actually it was “0000000000”.
posted on 01/21/2014 4:15:45 PM PST
(Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
Ping for: Air Force Swears: Our Nuke Launch Code Was Never ‘00000000’
posted on 01/21/2014 4:17:18 PM PST
(Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
I see... not ‘00000000’ but “oooooooo”.. check..
posted on 01/21/2014 4:19:06 PM PST
(This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
posted on 01/21/2014 4:22:06 PM PST
It wasn’t “0000000” but it *was* “password”
posted on 01/21/2014 4:23:58 PM PST
by Gay State Conservative
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That's what I use for my luggage!
posted on 01/21/2014 4:33:11 PM PST
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No one would be that dumb - it’s way too obvious.
It was 12345678.
posted on 01/21/2014 4:39:43 PM PST
(It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
posted on 01/21/2014 4:43:05 PM PST
Sorry... you Feds have spent all of the trust that you ever had.
posted on 01/21/2014 4:49:19 PM PST
(FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
At least the code wasn’t LOST as it was with Buba
posted on 01/21/2014 4:51:21 PM PST
(Creepy Ass Cracker)
00000000 was the one on the Air Force cheat sheet I saw.
posted on 01/21/2014 5:02:18 PM PST
by Navy Patriot
(Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
I can categorically and with great authority say "00000000" was never a operational launch code nor an enable code known to a launch crew.
The switches on the DMCCC panel were default zeros with no code input. This was true of all Wing 6 and Wing 1 Squad 4 operations of the Minuteman system.
posted on 01/21/2014 5:04:17 PM PST
I see. Not the code to launch, merely the PAL code to enable the warhead to detonate.
posted on 01/21/2014 5:18:29 PM PST
by null and void
(We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
To: null and void
The launch code was/is “LAUNCH”.
posted on 01/21/2014 5:44:49 PM PST
(Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
Actually, Hillary handed the launch code to the Russians in that "Easy Button"
posted on 01/21/2014 5:48:56 PM PST
(I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
I thought the launch code was “Buh Bye”.
posted on 01/21/2014 6:06:32 PM PST
(They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
Way to complicated to remember. With “LAUNCH” as the code all they had to do was punch in the name on the launch button. Remember the Launch Officer was probably stoned.
posted on 01/21/2014 6:12:13 PM PST
(Go Pack Go! The Pack will be back in 2014!)
I only see one zero.
posted on 01/21/2014 6:18:59 PM PST
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posted on 01/21/2014 6:58:06 PM PST
by Repeat Offender
(What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
Where and when? Atlas, Titan, Minuteman? The default enable panel codes were set to zeros. Enable codes were separate split knowledge cards. The default settings were nulls, did nothing.
posted on 01/21/2014 7:04:21 PM PST
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posted on 01/21/2014 7:10:22 PM PST
(Let them eat Lead.)
Thanks for the ping. In this case, I believe the Air Force. I was on an aircrew in SAC during the Cuban missile crisis. Launch messages were never a single string of digits. They were a series of four-letter groups that had to be authenticated and then decoded using a one-time pad. We were tested on this procedure every time we went on alert, and the minimum passing grade was 100 percent.
posted on 01/21/2014 7:55:30 PM PST
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