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Nuclear Officers Probed in Scandal

Wouldn't it be nice if the officials charged with guarding our nuclear warheads could behave? The Air Force announced Wednesday that 34 nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a drugs and cheating scandal. "This was a failure of integrity on the part of some of our airmen," said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. "It was not a failure of our nuclear mission." The cheating was discovered during an investigation into allegations of drug use among officers across six bases. In December, an Air Force general overseeing the nuclear ballistic missile program was fired for a drunken rendezvous in Moscow, and a few months earlier officers guarding a command post that holds nuclear-tipped missiles were found to have accidentally left the blast door open while napping.