http://www.theatlantic.com/politics...shuts-down-squadron-of-nuclear-missiles/65207 I was a missile officer when on active duty with the USAF (742 MS at Minot), and I don't recall ever having a problem like this. It's not as big of a deal as some of the media outlets may report, I don't think. Security was maintained, and if launch were necessary, the airborne platform could still get the 50 affected sorties on their way. I read a similar article on MSNBC.com where someone said that the airborne launch center wasn't in the area. I'm sure this is true; however, you can trust me that if we were in a situation where a launch would be contemplated, the bird would be close by. Missiles go down temporarily all the time (as the article says), and while the failure of all LCCs in the 319th to communicate with the 50 missiles in the squadron is a big issue, it was easily remedied by using the appropriate checklists. The REACT system we use to control ICBMs is from the 1980s, and it certainly isn't without a glitch or two. Still, it is a very reliable system, and one which keeps our missile force on alert 99% of the time. I never had too many issues with it, and I pulled over 260 alerts on Minuteman III. Bottom line, this isn't something to get all spun up about. The weapons were secure and a redundant system (the airborne control center) could come to the scene should the need for a launch arise. Kudos to the missile crews of the 319th for getting the LCCs up as soon as possible. Way to keep to the tech data!!