posted on May, 8 2013 @ 11:44 AM
reply to post by Chrisfishenstein
reply to post by jrkelly77
Though I know nothing more about this incident then what the article says, I do however have experience participating in many Nuclear Readiness
Assurance Inspections while assigned to a B-2 Bomber squadron.
First off, the codes where not lost or compromised! It says that the codes were "potentially handled improperly," by one officer, which only means
that he stored the codes in a matter that was not defined by regulations. Most likely he wrote them down in his personal notebook or stored them in
his phone or PDA. While, that is wrong and does have the potential to compromise the codes, this is still a far cry from being lost.
Second, just because it mentions 17 officers needing to be retrained, that doesn't mean that all 17 were found personally negligent. When a unit
fails a major inspection most of the leadership directly involved, (which was probably 17 officers in this case) gets nailed. From there "Shzt rolls
down hill" as we say! The retraining is more of a punishment than it is because of their actual incompetence.
I'm not trying to make excuses for these people, I'm just trying to make a point that the article can make it sound so much worse than it probably
was. Again, from being apart of these type of inspections, I know how small incidents are blown out of proportion.
It's because the U.S. Military has very high standards and when they fall to "Satisfactory" or "Marginal" (which in this case was, though still a
pass) it is looked at as a failure! It's like passing with a "D", and the military expects nothing less then "Exceptional". When it comes to
nukes or our Nation's Defense, I totally agree, but that doesn't mean we actually have our guys asleep at the wheel. This is just meant to shake
them up and put them back on the road to excellence!