Though it’s unfortunate that these officers were in such high security positions without satisfactory performance of their duties, it’s also interesting that even the men and women with their fingers on the trigger believe nuclear warfare to be such an antiquated issue that they do not see the necessity of staying sharp in operating the weaponry. All this being said, the most positive aspect of situation at Minot is that the problem was found and addressed before something bad happened. This is a great example of why regular and frequent inspections of nuclear facilities should be conducted to ensure a mishap or error doesn’t occur. It is the only way to, as commanding officer at Minot, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, put it, “turn over the rocks and find the rot.” In that regard, the Air Force inspection was certainly a success and now that rot can be addressed with retraining and tougher scrutiny of personnel.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/08/air-force-reportedly-strips-17-officers-power-to-launch-intercontinental/#ixzz2TBl5aDTu”