Air Force: Nuclear missile crew fell asleep on duty

By David Edwards
Thursday, July 24, 2008 16:34 EDT
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CNN’s Barbara Starr reported that the Air Force said that a crew in charge of outdated nuclear missile launch codes fell asleep while on duty.

Air Force Times reported:

“Three missile officers with the 91st Space Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., fell asleep July 12 while holding a classified launch code device used to activate the missile control system.”

“The device, kept in a locked case, installs the codes that allow the launch control center on base to command the ICBMs in the missile silos.”

“The officers had completed the process of changing the codes for the system, down in the missile silo, and had returned topside to the silo’s living area, which includes beds, a kitchen, bathroom and other amenities, according to Col. Dewey Ford, a Space Command spokesman. While waiting to bring the device back to base, all three officers fell asleep – a loss of positive control in nuclear surety lingo.”

This video is from CNN’s Situation Room, broadcast July 24, 2008.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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