America’s Nuclear Crisis

May 11, 2013 in Daily Bulletin

Robert Burns talked about a very different kind of nuclear crisis:

  • The Air Force recently suspended 17 officers who have the authority to launch intercontinental nuclear missiles because they were determined to be unfit for the role.
  • The problem is a crisis of morale. The world is moving towards fewer nuclear weapons, not more, and so officers in the units think they’re careers are headed nowhere.
  • Moreover the task of manning the nuclear missiles isn’t particularly glamorous. It involves standing around 60 feet underground, with the launch keys, waiting for the President to make a decision to initiate a nuclear attack.

Read more about the problems with the guardians of American nuclear weapons, how the Air Force is trying to fix the problem, and what political leaders have to say over here.

Source: ABC News