Nov. 14, 2014

Hagel Announces Reform to U.S. Nuclear Missile Program

While the Untied States has focused on the asymmetric threats to our national security, the nuclear warhead arsenal decayed. There were security lapses in the bomb silos. Equipment fell into disrepair as three nuclear bases shared one wrench used to tighten the bolts on Minutemen 3 missiles. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced reforms to the military’s nuclear program, including asking the Air Force to appoint a four-star general to command the force. CBS News reports, “Hagel is ordering top-to-bottom changes in how the nation’s nuclear arsenal is managed, vowing to invest billions of dollars more to fix what ails a force beset by leadership lapses, security flaws and sagging morale. He announced Friday the results of the two reviews and spelled out actions he has ordered to improve nuclear force management. He had ordered the reviews as a result of a series of stories by The Associated Press that revealed morale, leadership, security and safety problems across the nuclear force.” In a time when Russia grows increasingly belligerent, Iran is weaseling its way to the bomb and North Korea is developing ballistic missiles, a strong nuclear force is needed more than ever. More…

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