1. 'Rot' In the Ranks

    17 Air Force Officers Suspended

    US Air Force Aircraft Commander, Major Harry "Hefoe" Dyson (L) and co-pilot, Captain Michael "Fetch" Maginness (R) pilot their B-52H long range strategic bomber over Texas for the US Eighth Air Force, 2nd Bomb Wing, 96th "Red Devils" Bomb Squadron 18 September 2007.  The bomber is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet (15,166.6 meters). It can carry nuclear or conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability.   AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cockpit of a nuclear capable B-52H bomber. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty)

    Seventeen Air Force officers are no longer allowed to launch nuclear missiles after their team received a D grade on a test of their missile launch operations system. The less-than-stellar performance during the March inspection was just one in a series of failings for the team, which their commander attributed to the crew being plagued with “rot.” The suspensions—which will last for at least 60 days—are considered the most expansive the Air Force has ever carried out. "We are, in fact, in a crisis right now," the group's commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, said in an email. 

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