Nuclear Officers Napped With Blast Door Left Open

3:55 PM, Oct 23, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force says officers entrusted with the launch keys to long-range U.S. nuclear missiles have been caught twice this year leaving open a blast door intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruders from entering their underground command post.

The blast doors are never to be left open if one of the crew members inside is asleep - as was the case in both these instances. The concern is that an intruder could gain access and possibly compromise secret launch codes.

Transgressions such as this are rarely revealed publicly. But officials told The Associated Press that such violations have happened, undetected, more times than in the two cases to which the AP was alerted.

The crews who operate the missiles are trained to follow rules without fail.

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