THEY hold the trigger to the world’s biggest arsenal of nuclear weapons. So why have they been caught napping, with the bomb-proof doors left wide open?
Twice this year alone, US Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent terrorists or other intruders from entering their underground command post.
It’s also supposed to protect them from a surprise nuclear attack.
In the two episodes confirmed by the Air Force, the multi-ton concrete-and-steel door that seals the entrance to the underground launch control center was deliberately left open while one of two crew members inside napped.
One officer lied about a violation but later admitted to it.
The rules are simple: The blast doors are never to be left open if one of the crew members inside is asleep – as was the case in both these instances – out of concern for the damage an intruder could cause.
Not to mention the potential to steal secret launch codes.
Full article: Officers who hold the trigger for US nuclear forces caught leaving the blast-doors open (News AU)