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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has uncovered a series of security lapses and other troubles in the nation’s nuclear forces. The issue came to a head this week when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel summoned top military leaders and ordered a review of the problems. Here are the key missteps suffered by the personnel who handle the world’s most deadly weapons:
• Seventeen missile crew members in the 91st Missile Wing at Minot, N.D., are deemed temporarily unfit for duty and given weeks of remedial training. The wing’s deputy commander of operations complains of “rot” in the force and relieves of duty the officer in charge of crew training and proficiency.
• The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., fails a safety and security inspection. Nine days later the officer in charge of security forces there was relieved of duty. The unit passes a do-over.
• Twice the Air Force punished officers involved in separate incidents of opening the blast door of their launch control center while one of the two launch officers was asleep, in violation of Air Force rules.
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