Air Force

Four ‘librarians’ at center of nuclear cheating

Four ‘librarians’ at center of nuclear cheating

Investigators dubbed them “the librarians,” four Air Force nuclear missile launch officers at the center of a still-unfolding scandal over cheating on proficiency tests. “They tended to be at the hub” of illicit exchanges of test information, says Adam Lowther, one of seven investigators who dug into details of cheating that has embarrassed the Air […]

Hagel wants military crackdown on ethical lapses

Hagel wants military crackdown on ethical lapses

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to inject more urgency into ensuring “moral character and moral courage” in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses. Hagel has been worried by a string of scandals that has produced a wave of unwelcome publicity for the military. But in light of new disclosures this week, […]

Hagel to nuke officers in bunkers: ‘We’re working on it’

Hagel to nuke officers in bunkers: ‘We’re working on it’

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has made the rare gesture of phoning Air Force nuclear officers in their underground launch bunkers in Montana to update them on efforts to correct problems in their service. Hagel placed the calls from aboard the military command aircraft that ferried him home Saturday from an international security conference in Germany. […]

Air Force: ‘Culture of fear’ led to nuke force cheating

Air Force: ‘Culture of fear’ led to nuke force cheating

A worrisome culture of fear that made launch officers believe they had to get perfect test scores to be promoted fueled a widening cheating scandal within the military’s nuclear missile corps, according to Air Force officials. Half of the 183 launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been implicated in the cheating […]

Air Force says 92 implicated in nuclear cheating scandal

Air Force says 92 implicated in nuclear cheating scandal

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Thursday the number of nuclear force officers implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal has grown to 92 out of a force of 500. James spoke to reporters after touring nuclear bases around the country. The cheating has been found at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. The […]

Cheating scandal increases strain on U.S. nuke force

Cheating scandal increases strain on U.S. nuke force

The Air Force’s nuclear missile corps faces new strains after dozens more officers were implicated in an investigation of cheating on missile-launch proficiency tests. The number implicated in the probe has roughly doubled from the original 34 officers, meaning that about 14 percent of all launch officers are now sidelined. Officials on Tuesday said the […]

U.S. nuke force facing ‘burnout’ from stress, exhaustion

U.S. nuke force facing ‘burnout’ from stress, exhaustion

Key members of the Air Force’s nuclear missile force are feeling “burnout” from what they see as exhausting, unrewarding and stressful work, according to an unpublished study obtained by The Associated Press. The finding by researchers for RAND Corp. adds to indications that trouble inside the nuclear missile force runs deeper and wider than officials […]