Twice As Many U.S. Missileers Now Implicated in Cheating Probe

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Jan. 28, 2014, 9:19 a.m.

The num­ber of U.S. nuc­le­ar mis­sile-launch of­ficers caught up in a probe in­to cheat­ing on pro­fi­ciency ex­ams has roughly doubled in size, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

The new ser­vice cited uniden­ti­fied U.S. of­fi­cials as sources of the re­port.

The Pentagon re­vealed earli­er this month that 34 Air Force nuc­le­ar mis­sile of­ficers were un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion for either cheat­ing on an au­tumn 2013 pro­fi­ciency test or for hav­ing know­ledge of the mis­con­duct and not re­port­ing it.

It is not yet clear what roles the ap­prox­im­ately 30-plus latest Minute­man 3 op­er­a­tion­al of­ficers al­legedly had in the cheat­ing scan­dal.

Largely in re­sponse to the test-tak­ing lapses — which came on the heels of oth­er re­cent in­cid­ents in the ground-based mis­sile force — U.S. De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel last week ordered a thor­ough re­view of is­sues as­so­ci­ated with per­son­nel job per­form­ance and mor­ale in the U.S. nuc­le­ar-weapons mis­sion.


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