Background Paper: Transfer of Nuclear Missiles From Minot to Barksdale

In August 2007 it was revealed that there was an unauthorized transfer of armed nuclear missiles, aboard a B-52 Stratofortress, from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

The procedural errors that led to the mishap have been identified:

 

– First, Airmen assigned to the Minot weapons storage area failed to examine each one of five pylons (a
pylon is a self-contained package of six cruise missiles) located in the storage area.
– Second, the driver of the trailer that moves the pylons to the aircraft began loading the pylons before
the required pylon inspection was complete.
– Third, the driver failed to inspect the missiles before hooking up the trailer for transport.
– Fourth, when the driver radioed the munitions control center to verify the status of the pylons, the
control center failed to access a database (as required) that would have alerted them that one of the
pylons was not properly prepared for transfer.
– Finally, the B-52 navigator neglected to check all missiles loaded for transport, as required.

 

Ping – ArmsControlWonk.com

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2 Responses

  1. I AM MISSING SOMETHING WITH THIS STORY. FOR MANY YEARS ON ACTIVE DUTY WITH THE NAVY, WE TRAINED VERY HARD AND VERY FREQUENTLY TO INSURE NOTHING LIKE THIS COULD EVER HAPPEN. AIR-TIGHT SECURITY, TWO-MAN CONTROL, ENTRY PROCEDURES, PRP PROGRAMS, VERY HIGHLY DETAILED INSPECTIONS, ETC AD NAUSEUM ALL, I THOUGHT, WOULD INSURE SNAFUS OF THIS NATURE TO BE IMPOSSIBLE. STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT, BUT I GUESS I WAS WRONG! I DON’T THINK THE AIR FORCE CAN HANG THIS ON A FEW INDIVIDUALS. IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE THEIR WHOLE SYSTEM IS FLAWED. THEY HAD BETTER FIX IT QUICK!

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