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DID YOU MISS THIS? Obama purges 17 Air Force officers who control nuke missiles...

Nuclear Missles

Nuclear Missles

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control - and, if necessary, launch - nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills. The group's deputy commander said it is suffering "rot" within its ranks.

"We are, in fact, in a crisis right now," the commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by the Air Force.

Asked about this at a Senate hearing Wednesday, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, the service's top official, explained the problem by stressing that launch control officers are relatively junior in rank - lieutenants and captains - and need to be reminded continually of the importance of "this awesome responsibility" for which they have been trained. Continue reading via the Associated Press...

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