Skip to comments.Commanders fired in nuke missile cheating scandal
Posted on 03/28/2014 3:07:23 AM PDT by kingattax
WASHINGTON (AP) The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.
A 10th commander, the senior officer at the base, resigned and will retire from the Air Force.
Air Force officials called the discipline unprecedented in the history of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force. The Associated Press last year revealed a series of security and other problems in the ICBM force, including a failed safety and security inspection at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., where the cheating occurred.
In an emotion-charged resignation letter titled "A Lesson to Remember," Col. Robert Stanley, who commanded the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom, lamented that the reputation of the ICBM mission was now "tarnished because of the extraordinarily selfish actions of officers entrusted with the most powerful weapon system ever devised by man."
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In this case, I approve; It’s not political. They were liars and cheaters, and democrats have no business handling nuclear weapons.
Its not that simple.
I’ve known several SAC people over the years. The one common thing that ALL of them had was that they were totally ‘anal’ when it came to procedures and following the book.
So this particular set of circumstances really raises some questions in my mind.
0 much prefer these types have their fingers on the nuke button:
I’m sure O prefers that, but I prefer the anal types who follow the book exactly and freak out if the “four inch high block letters” for a sign are actually 4.2 inches high.
Or at least, that is the official story. And I no longer believe official stories.
Clearing the deck for thier commie replacements, stacking the deck so to speak
“And I no longer believe official stories.”
No one should. Ever. It’s that simple.
Years ago, my AF years....I had to do a plans update for the unit, and went through the plans book (this was 1992). I came to a SAC regulation...from 1969, which was still current, valid, and intact, with only forty lines of text. Over twenty years had passed, and that forty lines of text had not changed one single bit. At the time, I was in ACC...where regulations were entirely rewritten every two to three years and no one could ever remember what the current procedure or process involved.
I agree on the extreme dedication to SAC regulations....but they were awful simple and short. In this case, I’d be wondering just how complicated they’ve turned these nuke officer regulations into, and if they were asking for trouble with highly complicated material.
Dumbing down everywhere
And, please don’t discount the chances of ineptitude, poor performance, and, bad leadership in cases like these. It happens within our military just as much as it does within any private organization. People would be surprised just how much illegal drug use their is in the military as commanders look the other way and don’t want to address the issue. Don’t want stuff going on the record, you see.
Obama has a very clear mandate on nukes - that there shouldn't be any, at all, anywhere, and if we just give up ours then the rest of the world should follow.
The problem is, can I see him organizing a way of getting rid of the old guard and replacing them with like minded individuals that could work from the inside out to further his cause? Even putting our nation at risk for his ideology? All I have to do is look at what he is willing to do to our economy because of his way of thinking and narcissistic attitude and suddenly anything becomes possible.
How sad is it that an optimist like I was just 7 years ago can actually have such unthinkable ideas that just jump to the forefront of my mind with every story like this I read.
From what I’ve read they shared copies of the test answers.
Its a failure of leadership in development of the testing and qualification system in addition to leadership of the people involved.
They’ve developed a system where anything less then a perfect score and perfect performance ratings is a career ending event.
Yes, and I for one completely trust the obama administration to ferret out any bad leadership and replace those losers with well vetted and superior leadership. If you need further proof, just look at any of obama's other appointments. Not only can we now have the best of the best in charge, we can rest assured that they will be gay and love islam. I will certainly sleep better knowing that our nuclear arsenal will be so much better protected. What could possibly go wrong?
Having spent 10 yrs in the Air Force I’m certain there is ineptitude and poor performance on an individual level and that includes the leaders.
This is part of an overall effort to discredit the nuclear forces so when he pushes for complete disarmament there is popular support.
Alah Akbar, infidel.
Have our ethics really fallen so far that complex regulations are cause for widespread cheating?
I said nothing of the current Admin.
If you think that the U.S. military is void of fault, it’s members pure as the wind driven snow, and, that there is no wrong doing happening within its ranks then you are severely underestimating that situation. Military members are a cross section of the population just as any other. There is good and bad, honest and dishonest, right and wrong sprinkled throughout. It’s not an indictment, just the truth.
To have people busted for cheating does not shock me and the current occupant of the White House has nothing to do with it.