Hagel Calls For Air Force Nuclear Missile Review

5:38 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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Tom Vanden Brook, USA Today

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a review of the nation's nuclear arsenal Thursday after a cheating scandal and allegations of drug abuse among Air Force missile personnel.

Hagel wants a plan in 60 days to determine the reason for problems in the force, actions to deal with them and accountability for those responsible, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, Hagel's spokesman.

Hagel is confident the safety of the nation's nuclear missiles and bombs has not been compromised, Kirby said. There have been no accidents or breaches of security associated with the scandals, he said.

Of the 499 airmen responsible for the nuclear missile arsenal who have been retested on their duties, 22 failed and 18 have yet to be evaluated, Kirby said.

The overall review of all nuclear weapons personnel is a matter of "prudence," Kirby said.

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