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Air Force security team botched drill simulating attack on nuke missile silo, report reveals
Fox News ^ | 5-22-14 | unknown

Posted on 05/22/2014 6:16:06 PM PDT by windcliff

A blistering internal review has revealed that an Air Force security team botched a training exercise last summer that simulated an attack on a nuclear missile silo, prompting expanded training to prepare for the possibility of a real attack.

A senior U.S. defense official confirmed the details of the report to Fox News. The report was first obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The review said the security forces were unable to speedily regain control of the captured silo during the exercise at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, calling the failure a "critical deficiency."

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Fox News that this misstep was the reason the 341st Missile Wing failed a safety and security inspection, which was widely reported last year.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: airforce; military; nuke; usaf

1 posted on 05/22/2014 6:16:06 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

Why doesn’t it kept secret? They can improve security without that much publicity.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 6:18:55 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: windcliff; All
"Air Force security team botched drill
simulating attack on nuke missile silo,
report reveals..."


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3 posted on 05/22/2014 6:23:30 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: wetphoenix

Only the US would report something like this.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 6:24:08 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: windcliff

5 posted on 05/22/2014 6:28:17 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: windcliff

training is a good way to discover weaknesses and then improve


6 posted on 05/22/2014 6:31:12 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: windcliff

Anyone know what the reaction of the old Strategic Air Command would have to this?


7 posted on 05/22/2014 6:34:39 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: windcliff; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


8 posted on 05/22/2014 6:36:31 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: SandRat

It would have been the Air Defense Command and the reliefs and reductions in grade would have been swift and non-negotiable.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 6:41:34 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

10 posted on 05/22/2014 6:44:27 PM PDT by JPX2011
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To: TADSLOS
The Old Ways for All The Services need to be returned to use.
11 posted on 05/22/2014 7:05:51 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat
Yeee HAWWW.....!


12 posted on 05/22/2014 7:07:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: windcliff

What was the name of the movie with Burt Lancaster that had someone taking over a missile silo?


13 posted on 05/22/2014 7:16:41 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: SandRat

Old Curtis LeMay would have eaten a few of them alive.


14 posted on 05/22/2014 7:20:52 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: SandRat
I served with a number of Curtis LeMay trained troops. They were SAC spit and polish. I don't think they would accept the gay huggers and lackadaisical attitude of many of the USAF upper echelon that we have today.
15 posted on 05/22/2014 7:20:54 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: TADSLOS

ICBMs belonged to SAC, not ADC...but you’re correct about the dead careers.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 7:21:35 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: vetvetdoug

“Dawns early light”I believe.


17 posted on 05/22/2014 7:22:56 PM PDT by SPI-Man (Kick the tires and light the fires)
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To: SandRat

The picture doesn’t jibe with the drill. That’s an LF. There are no people controlling missiles from there. That happens at an LCF. In addition, security would see an attack coming from a mile away. In addition, to get into the silo requires a lot more than a terrorist saying let me in.

Of course, if they did find out how people were going to be on site that day, get past the armed security guards, the people doing maintenance on site, anyone in the silo who would also be armed, the most that could happen is they can lock down the missile provided they knew how to do it.


18 posted on 05/22/2014 7:25:11 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: vetvetdoug

I was in TAC in the 80s. We were warned not to transit SAC bases on cross country because they had been known to arrest TAC crews for trivial uniform violations etc....


19 posted on 05/22/2014 7:25:39 PM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: windcliff

But gays can now openly serve, that’s all that matters.


20 posted on 05/22/2014 7:29:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kozak

I was SAC in the 80’s. I worked in the silos.


21 posted on 05/22/2014 7:32:02 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: windcliff

Bring back SAC discipline.

Anybody remember the logo modification that went with:

“To Error is Human, To Forgive is not SAC Policy”


22 posted on 05/22/2014 7:32:51 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: TADSLOS

What are you talking about?

The ADC was an Anti-Missile Command.

ICBMs were under SAC

Former 46350
51st MMS, VAFB, CA


23 posted on 05/22/2014 7:36:44 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: windcliff

There was a rah-rah movie in 1982 called The Soldier, about covert elite soldiers who fought terrorists and Russian communists. Parts of it were quite good. It starred Ken Wahl. Part of it involved the good guys taking over a missile silo and threatening a launch against the Soviet Union to force them to back down. It’s a fun popcorn movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084704/


24 posted on 05/22/2014 7:37:57 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: windcliff
Stefanek said the Air Force did not share the exact reason for the failure because doing so could have compromised security.

It was the saucers.

25 posted on 05/22/2014 7:41:58 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: wetphoenix

I worked Air Force Security at a SAC base in the late 70’s. If we’d screwed up a drill this bad, they would have made our lives hell.


26 posted on 05/22/2014 7:47:47 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: windcliff

Try Army combat soldiers instead.


27 posted on 05/22/2014 8:06:24 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: SPI-Man

Oops! “Twilights Last Gleaming”. I knew it was part of that song somehow!
That’s what age does to you I guess.
Except for a very short period, I spent all of my time in the blue suit with TAC. One of my main memories of being part of SAC was the great chow. I chose to forget the chicken s__t stuff.


28 posted on 05/22/2014 8:30:40 PM PDT by SPI-Man (Kick the tires and light the fires)
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To: riverrunner
training is a good way to discover weaknesses and then improve <<

Yup... just make your discovered weakness isnt one of your buddies that died....

Other than that you should be a general of someones army....*G*

29 posted on 05/22/2014 8:40:41 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: windcliff

Well it IS Air Farce personnel; they’ve always been a bunch of Nancy boys.


30 posted on 05/22/2014 8:52:28 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: G Larry

Nukes were held at the Nike-Hercules and Nike-Ajax air defense launch sites. Many hundreds.


31 posted on 05/22/2014 8:57:28 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: SandRat

Hangings - The Wing Commander, the Security Sq Commander, the Flight Chief, the FSCs, the SATs and any unfortunate passers-by.


32 posted on 05/22/2014 8:57:48 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: TADSLOS
No way ADC.

ICBMs and their security were a SAC operation or I wore the wrong command badge for 9 years.

33 posted on 05/22/2014 9:00:04 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: vetvetdoug
"Twilight's Last Gleaming" He took over a Titan II Launch Facility.
34 posted on 05/22/2014 9:01:12 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: EQAndyBuzz
The AP story says the facility in the exercise was an LF (although they used the civilian jargon of "silo") not an LCF.

I did Minuteman ICBM Maintenance for 9 years, 4 of those at Malmstrom. Penetration of a closed LF would be nearly impossible, even for people who know the system.

If the LF were penetrated for maintenance, your scenario mostly pans out.

35 posted on 05/22/2014 9:08:18 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: G Larry

Yes!! And there was a graphic to go with it, the SAC Gauntlet holding the family jewels instead of the lighning bolts and olive branch.


36 posted on 05/22/2014 9:10:10 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: riverrunner

Exactly. I suspect training was lax. Anyplace training is lax, it isn’t a surprise when someone comes in and runs a drill that is failed.

You figure it would be better at a missile site, but I simply wouldn’t be surprised it it wasn’t. That kind of stuff you have to drill at, I would think.


37 posted on 05/22/2014 9:34:30 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: fidelis

From a money and equipment perspective, the military had a tough time of it in the 1970’s.

But I will say, I thought I got good training, and we did drill. I enjoyed watching the damage control parties drill. Lot of responsibility, and they handled it well.

Serious business.


38 posted on 05/22/2014 9:38:24 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: vetvetdoug
Seven Days in May?
39 posted on 05/22/2014 9:42:17 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: windcliff
"Twilight's Last Gleaming":

Based on the novel "Viper Three."

40 posted on 05/22/2014 10:07:20 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: musicman

Not the same as it was 30 years ago. This would not have happened when we has real military personnel running this system.


41 posted on 05/22/2014 11:01:32 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: rlmorel

The trouble can often be that a security team can get very lax when there hasn’t been trouble for a very long time.

It is hard to maintain alertness, fighting readiness when nothing ever happens.

Security quickly becomes routine and boring if nothing happens to keep them up.


42 posted on 05/23/2014 4:05:33 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: riverrunner

Absolutely. When there isn’t discipline, human nature takes over.


43 posted on 05/23/2014 5:18:02 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: pfflier

I did mine at Ellsworth. Funny, looking at the picture brings back memories of being in the cage.


44 posted on 05/23/2014 8:13:40 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Think for a second: when a UFO shut down a couple of flights of nuclear missiles in the Dakotas, it was not reported on the news. It took two decades for some of the personnel involved to come forward to report the incidents (occurred more than once). If UFOs can shut down our missiles, and in one case cause the launch sequence to start up remotely, why is the regime now openly reporting the failure of personnel to fend off a breach in security? And how is this connected (you can bet it is) to the recent reporting of operator malfeasance?


45 posted on 05/23/2014 8:20:34 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: EQAndyBuzz
I don't know who at Boeing designed the elevator workcage but it always scared the crap out of me when we did a sump pump checkout at the bottom of the launch tube. We always blamed MMT for fouling the probes just to make us ride that damn thing.

BTW I was a 316X0H - EMT.

46 posted on 05/23/2014 8:23:49 PM PDT by pfflier
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