Contact Us

AP Exclusive: Air Force Nuclear Test Failed

Chung Sung-Jun, Getty Images News

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Air Force document obtained by The Associated Press says armed security forces at a nuclear missile base failed a drill last summer that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo.

It says the security troops failed to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon.

The previously unreported failure — which the Air Force called a “critical deficiency” — was the reason the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana flunked its broader safety and security inspection.

The partially censored document obtained by the AP did not fully explain the problem. It said the security team did not take “all lawful actions necessary to immediately regain control” of the silo. A do-over of the test two months later was performed without any reported problems.

More From WIBX

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wibx950.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WIBX 950 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on WIBX 950 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!