WASHINGTON (AP) — Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that failings exposed last spring at an Air Force nuclear missile base were worse than originally reported.
Those responsible for missile operations at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., passed an inspection in March 2013 with a "marginal" rating. But that was only because of good marks received by cooks and other support staff. Launch officers entrusted with keys to 150 Minuteman 3 missiles did poorly and would have flunked the inspection.
The documents also hint at the makings of an exam-cheating problem among launch crews at Minot months before allegations of widespread cheating erupted in January at a companion nuclear base in Montana.
The Air Force documents were released to a group called Speak Truth to Power, which shared them with the AP.