Skip to comments.Air Force security team botched drill simulating attack on nuke missile silo, report reveals
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.
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Why doesn’t it kept secret? They can improve security without that much publicity.
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Only the US would report something like this.
training is a good way to discover weaknesses and then improve
Anyone know what the reaction of the old Strategic Air Command would have to this?
Active Duty ping.
It would have been the Air Defense Command and the reliefs and reductions in grade would have been swift and non-negotiable.
What was the name of the movie with Burt Lancaster that had someone taking over a missile silo?
Old Curtis LeMay would have eaten a few of them alive.
ICBMs belonged to SAC, not ADC...but you’re correct about the dead careers.
“Dawns early light”I believe.
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.
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....
But gays can now openly serve, that’s all that matters.
I was SAC in the 80’s. I worked in the silos.
Bring back SAC discipline.
Anybody remember the logo modification that went with:
“To Error is Human, To Forgive is not SAC Policy”
What are you talking about?
The ADC was an Anti-Missile Command.
ICBMs were under SAC
51st MMS, VAFB, CA
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.
It was the saucers.
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.
Try Army combat soldiers instead.
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.
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*
Well it IS Air Farce personnel; they’ve always been a bunch of Nancy boys.
Nukes were held at the Nike-Hercules and Nike-Ajax air defense launch sites. Many hundreds.
Hangings - The Wing Commander, the Security Sq Commander, the Flight Chief, the FSCs, the SATs and any unfortunate passers-by.
ICBMs and their security were a SAC operation or I wore the wrong command badge for 9 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Based on the novel "Viper Three."
Not the same as it was 30 years ago. This would not have happened when we has real military personnel running this system.
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.
Absolutely. When there isn’t discipline, human nature takes over.
I did mine at Ellsworth. Funny, looking at the picture brings back memories of being in the cage.
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?
BTW I was a 316X0H - EMT.