Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is not pleased with the recent problems that are plaguing our national nuclear missile force. The Air Force announced that it had suspended 34 security clearances of nuclear missile launch officers after they were accused of cheating on proficiency tests. The inquiry grew our of a drug use investigation.
Stars and Stripes reported, “Hagel summoned senior military leaders to discuss serious personnel problems and other missteps that “threaten to jeopardize” public trust.”
“In a memo Thursday to top Pentagon officials, Hagel also ordered an independent review of the nuclear force to determine whether setbacks, including numerous lapses and missteps revealed by The Associated Press, reflect endemic failures that could harm the nuclear mission and the safety and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons.”
“Personnel failures within this force threaten to jeopardize the trust the American people have placed in us to keep our nuclear weapons safe and secure,” Hagel wrote. The AP was provided a copy of his letter before it was announced by his press secretary, Adm. John Kirby, who described Hagel as eager to get to the bottom of the problems.”
With the nuclear missile force being such a critical issue to our national security and to the Air Force, it is essential that this matter be addressed and solved immediately.