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Air Force team fails nuclear security test

An internal review of a simulated assault on a nuclear missile silo, at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, cited the failure of security forces to quickly regain control of the captured silo.

341st Missile Wing
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The report of the nuclear security test failure obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request is discussed in a recent Huffington Post article.

The partially censored document explains that the security team was required to respond to the simulated capture of a missile silo by hostile forces. The document did not give specifics on the test or the failures by the security team, other than to address an "inability to effectively respond to a recapture scenario."

The recent news of the failed test is one of many issues with the 341st Missile Wing reported in past year. In January the AirForce Times reported that thirty-four missile officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base were implicated in the largest occurrence of cheating in the Air Force’s nuclear force.

The recent Huffington Post article with the headline of "Air Force Nuclear Security Failed Test" looks very similar to an article last summer "Nuclear Unit Fails Key Security Test." The articles are so similar in nature that exactly the same photo is used in both of a Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team.

The 2013 article tells how an Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation's land-based nuclear missiles failed a safety and security inspection. Like the recently released report the article mentions "tactical-level errors" and "discrepancies" without getting into the specifics of the issues.

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