Based on the recent events I'm not sure the control is all that good. And reliable thought they may be, the B-52's have been in active service since 1955; heck, some of them are older than I am! Just a thought.I would worry more about the massive gasoline pipelines that run under our streets and towns than a B-52 under the control of the United States Air Force.
The media just can't help themselves, can they?The episode, serious enough to trigger a rare "Bent Spear" nuclear incident report that raced through the chain of command to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and President Bush, provoked new questions inside and outside the Pentagon about the adequacy of U.S. nuclear weapons safeguards while the military's attention and resources are devoted to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It would certainly seem so. I wonder who came up with that (really dumb) idea?The AF's now newly instigated policy of storing both nukes and conventionals in the same area is unsat.
Why would officers at Barksdale be relieved? How were they supposed to know Minot had screwed the pooch?A senior Air Force official familiar with the investigation said officers will be relieved at both installations involved in the incident: Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La.