Close the Blast Doors!

Some of the SP403 team had a chance to sit down with General Eugene Habiger  earlier this month. We had an  informative conversation about a number of subjects and greatly appreciate the General’s time.  One of the questions which received a cool response was regarding the current status of the Missile wings. In light of a series of embarrassing news stories including a top commander being sacked, and reports of readiness issues in the 341st and 91st missile wings, our colleague Josh Darnell asked if there was any reason to be concerned about problems with discipline and readiness among uniformed management of the nuclear arsenal. As mentioned, this was met with a curt dismissal. No, the General was not concerned about morale or readiness of the guardians of our nuclear arsenal*.

Fast-forward a couple of days…
It turns out that “left the barn door open” and “Asleep at the switch” have been pretty good descriptions for how the wielders of apocalyptic power have been doing business. You can read more about the issues here , here ,  and here. It appears that Josh knows a little about the service and his concern may be spot on.

So, where does this leave us? Well it is concerning that these incidents happen considering the level of potential consequence for failure in their business. It is also concerning that because of a mission which has been bypassed by history these service people may not feel that their service is important. Finally I’m a little worried at answers like those from Gen. Habiger. Something has to give- the people charged with this terrible responsibility should not also be consigned to an obsolete strategic role. It invites far too much danger to be brushed aside (half-a-dozen times in a row).

*(I’d just like to note that the entire conversation was extremely friendly and pleasant. We greatly value the General’s time and insights. )

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