Air Force Unit’s Nuclear Weapons Security Is ‘Unacceptable’

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By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 31, 2008; Page A03

The same Air Force unit at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota that was responsible for mishandling six nuclear cruise missiles last August failed key parts of a nuclear safety inspection this past weekend, according to a Defense Department report.

The 5th Bomb Wing was given an “unacceptable” grade in security of nuclear weapons, according to the review by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In another category, management and administration, it received a grade of “marginal,” based on deficiencies in recording changes that affected the operational status of nuclear cruise missiles and gravity bombs.

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