Saturday, December 6, 2014

Crews maintaining 450 ICBMs had just one wrench with which to attach nuclear warheads

Staff at bases in North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana had to send the toolkit to each other via FedEx, the review found. Mr Hagel said that problem had now been rectified.

Inspectors reportedly ignored the fact that ageing blast doors at nuclear silos would no longer seal shut.

On staffing, the reviews found that a culture of micromanagement and extreme exam-testing distracted from major problems with equipment and nuclear readiness.

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