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Pentagon audit: 79 ICBM "Minuteman-3" were in the middle of nowhere

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Pentagon audit: 79 ICBM "Minuteman-3" were in the middle of nowhere

While all the attention of the public who is interested in politics is focused on such burning issues as “who stole toilet bowls from the ingloriously hijacked boats of a country that steals someone else’s gas,” an article titled “Air Force's Inventory Listed Wrong Sites” appeared in the US on the website of Bloomberg for 79 Nuclear Missile "(" An inventory of the Air Force revealed the incorrect location of 79 nuclear missiles "). What happened?


Pentagon audit


Ernst & Young LLP, a world-renowned audit company, is currently executing an order for a full financial audit of the US military, more precisely, the United States Defense Ministry (Pentagon). Such an audit is conducted for the second year in a row.

Like last year, the Pentagon’s audit cost almost 1 billion, including 500 million to eliminate existing deficiencies, 250 million to create infrastructure for audits and 195 million to pay for services auditors. More than 1400 auditors were deployed as part of the project to track costs for everything from aircraft parts to Navy property and army payment transactions.

The Pentagon has already stated that "during the audit, no evidence of fraud or abuse was found, and in many cases it was documented that the serious flaws discovered last year were eliminated."

“We have made good, serious progress,” Elaine McCasker, acting chief controller of the MO, told reporters last Thursday.

However, this is not entirely true. For example, if last year almost 550 reports on problems that needed to be addressed were considered, then this year about 1800 reports on shortcomings prepared last year were reissued, and another 1300 reports on new problems were created. That is, the situation at least has not improved, and the mess has become even greater.

The company’s auditor general Glenn Fine said that “there are still no sufficient political measures, procedures and internal control mechanisms to implement the processes of acquisition, disposal and inventory of state property owned by contractors”.

“Despite the progress made, much more work needs to be done to improve financial management and get a clear audit opinion,” the inspector general said in a statement. “Clearly, the path to a clean financial statement for the US DoD is a long-term effort.”

For the second year in a row, “circulating assets” and “general funds” of the US Army (Navy), Navy, Air Force, ILC, Defense Logistics Agency, Special Operations Command (JUICOM) and the Ministry of Health of the Ministry of Defense received “refusals to conclude” from auditors. Disclaimer statements are issued in cases where auditors cannot form an opinion on the adequacy of the financial statements based on insufficient reliable data. McKasker said this does not mean abuse or misuse of funds. “We know where we spend our money, but sometimes our documentation“ is simply not where it should be, ”she said.

In principle, it may be partially right: in the practice of our Defense Ministry and the defense industry, there are also quite a lot of violations identified by the auditors of the Accounts Chamber, which, in general, are not embezzlement or theft or something like that, but are documents drawn up with violations of the law . But the problem we often have is that, due to a number of bottlenecks in the legislation of the Moscow Region, defense industry enterprises and enterprises of the military-industrial complex often have to make a choice: either do everything according to the papers clearly, but disrupt all deadlines, or get the order on time, but with violations. It is possible that in the USA there is something similar too. But, if you know the problems and absolutely wild prices for purchased weapons, equipment, etc. for the Pentagon, then a completely different explanation comes to mind.

However, there are improvements. For example, a military pension fund in the amount of 9 billion dollars received a “clean” opinion (no violations were found). Another significant improvement over last year’s findings is related to eliminating Pentagon information security flaws: supposedly 94% of problems from last year’s report were fixed, according to and. about. Comptroller McCasker. But auditors nevertheless noted that among the examples of “significant shortcomings” that have remained since last year are those that relate to the IT field, including “inadequate control over access, system changes and IT-system security management”. Significant shortcomings are shortcomings or a combination of shortcomings in the internal control system for financial reporting, “which leads to a reasonable likelihood that management will not prevent or detect and correct a material misstatement in its financial statements or waste”. This is stated in the report of the auditors.

Missiles of unknown location


Among the strangest and most flagrant violations there is one that is definitely unrealistic in our practice, but (if you know the situation with the strategic forces of the United States and especially with the missile wings of the Air Force) is quite familiar to the United States. During the audit, Ernst & Young experts discovered a number of major violations, one of which sounds very strange.

A report released by Ernst & Young last Friday said that when checking a widely used system in the US Air Force for collecting and storing data on aircraft, satellites, missile systems and aircraft ammunition, a “series of errors” were identified, such as the “79 ICBMs” "Minuteman-3" whose location is not firmly established, according to the documentation. "

If anything, then the 79 of the Minutemans is, in general, almost 20% of the available stock of these ICBMs, including 400 in mines and several dozen units of the exchange and repair fund and stock for combat training launches and launches under various programs (such as extension of terms operation, we have it reduced as PSE, they have as LEP). And according to the documents, you can’t exactly determine where they are! More precisely, their location is incorrectly established. Either they are, or they are not ... either they broke, or they sold to Israel. A joke, of course.

In fact, of course, the missiles are unlikely to be located anywhere else, except for silos in their three position areas or in a warehouse or repair base. Just when compiling reports on them, documents were drawn up, apparently "from the bulldozer", without looking and with violations. Although it is possible that the actual operational level of ICBMs is lower than stated, despite the fact that these Minutemans are largely a remake of the old missile anew, and even with some nodes from the much more modern MX ICBM, which has long been "laid back" . And missiles instead of mines hung at repair bases, but they forgot to report this.

However, the US Air Force spokesman, Captain Jacob Bailey, had already reacted to the embarrassment with a statement (though sent by e-mail) that "the Air Force has and retains full control over its ICBMs," and explained the situation by saying that the documentation was filled in "manually "and" did not have time to fix it. "

Yes, even with your foot they wrote - is it possible to behave so irresponsibly in relation to one of the main branches of the nuclear triad? But, apparently, in rocket wings this is in the order of things. If we recall the endless violations at the Air Force missile bases, where brave rocketers consider themselves to be "losers for life", who fall into a hole from which there is no way out, and therefore violate technical regulations, including when working with top secret information, they while on combat duty drunk or under the influence of drugs, and their commanders are regularly removed for low discipline and unresolved violations and their own sins ...

Blind moles and cruise missiles


As for the Air Force in general, we can recall history with AGM-129A cruise missiles, now also reclaimed. For some reason, these KR declared “invisible” and generally very perfect served for a very short time and were disposed of, while the “old women” of AGM-86 continue to serve, although their ranks have thinned out. This story is from 2007 and is very famous.

On August 30 2007 of the year, the Minot Air Force Base (North Dakota) to the Barksdale Air Force Base (Louisiana) were to be transferred to the storage of 12 AGM-129A cruise missiles with inert warheads. The heavy bomber B-52H, which had flown behind them from Barksdale, was planned to hang on the 6 KR on each of the pylons under the left and right consoles. Between 8: 00 and 9: 00 in the morning of August 29 in a storage facility on the Minot base, a group of US Air Force personnel began preparing the designated 12 KR for mounting on a bomber. But the 6 KR mistakenly turned out to be not practical, but nuclear warfare, with the standard W80-1 system. The personnel, however, did not follow the established verification procedures and did not notice anything. The officers who checked their work did not notice. Yes, and they did not check anything real. At about 9 o'clock in the morning the calculation of the tractor arrived at the storehouse, which without preliminary verification and without clarifying the fact of inspection of the missiles began their delivery to the aircraft. The military base management of the air base also did not reveal the fact that the missiles were not tested properly, and in 9: 25 signed the missiles for loading. The installation of rockets on the plane lasted about eight hours. After its completion, the plane without special nuclear protection provided by the carrier stood all evening and night on the concrete.

On the morning of August 30, one of the crew members of the B-52H made a thorough visual inspection of the missiles mounted on the pylon under the right console, which contained missiles with inert warheads, and did not go to look at the second console. Then he signed a document for the cargo and carried it for signature to the commander of the ship, who also waved without looking. The ship’s commander did not even conduct a visual inspection of the aircraft before departure (which is mandatory, even if an empty flight is planned for one or two circles above the base). At 8: 40 in the morning, the plane took off from the Minot air base and flew to Barksdale at 11: 23. And there the plane also stood for 9 hours without security. Yes, it’s not only the matter of protection, but also that the US Air Force, as well as Russia, have long abandoned the practice of flying in a normal peaceful situation with UBF on board - there could be unpleasant consequences in the event of a plane crash, and a new story with Tule or Palomares The Pentagon does not need. And then 6 missiles fly without any control over the United States, and no one knows about it.

In 20: 30 several officers and a group of soldiers and sergeants, technical specialists arrived at the parking lot for removal from the pylons of the Kyrgyz Republic. And then they discovered something was not right at once. They started shooting rockets from the console where the practical missiles were hanging. But after five days of imprisonment, as the famous joke says, the Indian Eagle Eye suddenly saw that there was not enough wall in his prison cell and ran boldly!

After an hour and a half of work, one sergeant turned out to be the same Indian and saw that the missiles under the consoles were different from each other. Yes, there the markings on nuclear missiles should be very noticeable, how could you not notice at all? After that, the officer, who commanded on the spot, reported to his superiors, he was alarmed, called security for the plane and reported to the central command post of the Air Force and the Pentagon. And there, the Minister of Defense and the President realized. A major scandal arose, which they tried unsuccessfully to hush up. Conducted checks, revealed a bunch of violations, fired the commander of the battle aviation the command of the Air Force (which was then subordinated to the strategic forces), the wing commander, the MTO group commander, several other officers and 4 sergeants. Nuclear tolerances selected weapons all personnel of the support group and the wing and deprived them of the so-called certificates of trust. But no one was judged or imprisoned.

History itself has generated a bunch of conspiracy theories and theories, but conspiracy theories in this case have nothing to do with it. And since then, the situation in the nuclear sphere in the USA has not improved at all, the order has become less and less. In recent years, Americans have been trying to curb disciplinary problems in the triad, but, as we can see, it turns out so-so. A difficult situation with storage issues - we recall the recent scandal with the B61 bomb, which arrived for maintenance and rebuilding, turned out to be faulty, and for a long time, but according to the documents it was listed in perfect order and even passed all the necessary checks!

So one of the two nuclear superpowers may be in a situation where she looks like a crazy monkey with a grenade in her hand, who also suffers from sclerosis and blindness, and does not know whether the antennae of the safety pin are unbent and the ring is pulled out. But where would you move away from this monkey?
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  1. Tommy
    Tommy 25 November 2019 05: 30 New
    +2
    So one of the two nuclear superpowers may be in a situation where it looks like a crazy monkey with a grenade in his hand, and even suffering from sclerosis and blindness, and who doesn’t know if the antennae of the safety pin are unbent and the ring is pulled out.

    These ailments are characteristic of all mankind, and are significant applicable to all countries - more or less ...
    1. WILL
      WILL 25 November 2019 05: 47 New
      +10
      The taxi driver stole, I’m telling you exactly ... I didn’t immediately like his face (c) by the gentleman of Fortune. lol
      But seriously - An amazing story! Madhouse!
      1. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 25 November 2019 06: 21 New
        +4
        Quote: ANIMAL
        But seriously - An amazing story! Madhouse!

        Well, if you’re a madhouse in the regional party committee, then what can you say about the district party committees and their sympathizers.
      2. lucul
        lucul 25 November 2019 09: 17 New
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        The taxi driver stole, I say for sure ...
        But seriously - An amazing story! Madhouse!

        Secret of the Open)))
        Yes, in Israel they are lost, in Israel)))
        1. knn54
          knn54 25 November 2019 09: 34 New
          +2
          -Vitaliy Yes, to Israel they were lost, to Israel)))
          -we didn't take anything;
          -you have no evidence ...
          1. lucul
            lucul 25 November 2019 09: 54 New
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            we took nothing;

            So I'm not saying that they stole))
            As they say by mutual agreement)))
    2. Svarog51
      Svarog51 25 November 2019 06: 42 New
      +12
      These ailments are characteristic of all mankind, and are significant applicable to all countries - more or less ...

      Yeah, applicable ... yes When it's, say, tires for the wheels. But not nuclear weapons. stop
      1. your1970
        your1970 26 November 2019 06: 16 New
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        Quote: Svarog51
        These ailments are characteristic of all mankind, and are significant applicable to all countries - more or less ...

        Yeah, applicable ... yes When it's, say, tires for the wheels. But not nuclear weapons. stop

        When, when transferring from the People’s Commissar to the new drug of the Red Army
        (before the war) revealed a shortage of 300 tanks, too, was not a joke you know ....
        In the army, and this does not happen ....
  2. certero
    certero 25 November 2019 06: 14 New
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    Alas, the mess in the army is international. I don’t remember the missiles lost by the “naval way”, but the KPVT was the case.
    1. bessmertniy
      bessmertniy 25 November 2019 11: 27 New
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      In the US, they really picked up anyone in the army. Therefore, one may not be surprised that their mess is international. lol It’s clear that the missiles are lying somewhere, but a good host never shows the auditors everything he has. what
  3. andrewkor
    andrewkor 25 November 2019 06: 34 New
    +2
    "I say for sure. They have an animal in the bomb bay ... so, I can mix up the urine with some other blood!" And they didn’t try?
  4. Nitarius
    Nitarius 25 November 2019 06: 42 New
    +2
    ))) Yes, they have a mess worse as I understand it! ... and vodka just did the key keeper)))
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 25 November 2019 06: 57 New
    +3
    The Pentagon’s audit cost nearly $ 1 billion, including $ 500 million to address existing weaknesses, $ 250 million to create infrastructure for audits, and $ 195 million to pay for auditors. More than 1400 auditors were

    why then be surprised that
    “No evidence of fraud or abuse was found during the audit, and in many cases it was documented that serious deficiencies discovered last year were eliminated.”

    meet correctly, accept the auditor, it is half to pass a successful audit!
    A nuclear missiles "disappeared" so it's pfe-ee, a trifle.
    1. Serg4545
      Serg4545 25 November 2019 11: 43 New
      +6
      // The Pentagon has already stated that “no evidence of fraud or abuse was found during the inspection //

      So, we are invited to believe the following:
      There is a huge state organization. Which consumes finance under 700 billion dollars EVERY YEAR.
      This organization has never been tested for financial waste. And finally, an audit took place.
      And according to the results of this audit, we are invited to believe that for 100 years there has not been a single conditional ensign in the Pentagon who would have at least something to himself?
      They generally hold all for idiots !!! ??
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 25 November 2019 12: 30 New
        +1
        Quote: Serg4545
        So, we are invited to believe the following:

        Miracles of their town!
        In principle, nothing unusual ... as everywhere, as always, the "office" in which more than one and a half thousand people begins to live its own life!
        Those. they catch one WHO IS NECESSARY and then WHEN IT IS NECESSARY!
      2. Private-K
        Private-K 25 November 2019 13: 00 New
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        There is a great movie with young Tom Cruise in the lead role. Where is he, just being a military commissary and is engaged in all kinds of fraud.
      3. your1970
        your1970 26 November 2019 06: 23 New
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        Quote: Serg4545
        And according to the results of this audit, we are invited to believe that for 100 years there has not been a single conditional ensign in the Pentagon who would have at least something to himself?
        They generally hold all for idiots !!! ??

        - this NOT an inventory, this is a financial audit. With it, property is not considered by head, but stupidly check financial documents ....
      4. Alexey LK
        Alexey LK 27 November 2019 09: 49 New
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        Quote: Serg4545
        And according to the results of this audit, we are invited to believe that for 100 years there has not been a single conditional ensign in the Pentagon who would have at least something to himself?
        They generally hold all for idiots !!! ??

        You too creatively interpret the information from the article, which, in turn, is the interpretation / retelling of some officially published audit information, which, in turn, is nothing more than the interpretation of the results of the audit of accounting and other documents (note, it’s not said anywhere about inventory - only audit).
        In other words, information that went through “combing” in several stages does not mean practically anything except the fact of the audit. Some inconsistencies in the documents were found, and they could mean either real theft, or just a mess, or just confusion in the documents, or simply "sucked from the finger" violations for the sake of political games at both high, medium and low levels - but most likely all taken together, mixed. And do not think that no one has checked before - this is just an external independent (as it were) check, incl. and internal reviewers themselves.
  6. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 25 November 2019 07: 13 New
    +1
    Pentagon audit cost nearly $ 1 billion .... "We have made good serious progress," said Elaine McKasker, acting chief controller of the MO
    Where are the rockets, Zin?
  7. Pavel57
    Pavel57 25 November 2019 08: 02 New
    0
    Remake of Tricks-22.
  8. Rwmos
    Rwmos 25 November 2019 08: 25 New
    0
    Why talk about it when the Americans oversee a military insurrection in Turkey, at the base where the nuclear weapons are stored and where there are combat pilots among the rebels who can easily use these nuclear weapons - there is technology, they can raise, there’s nothing to lose
  9. Fevralsk. Morev
    Fevralsk. Morev 25 November 2019 08: 55 New
    -3
    We are not better. If you dig a little deeper, then in every ambitious SuperMegaProject, several billion were missing. (Olympics, repair of the Bolshoi Theater, Serdyukov Vasilyeva, Vostochny Cosmodrome, football stadium in St. Petersburg). Recall.
    1. Okolotochny
      Okolotochny 25 November 2019 12: 04 New
      +3
      We also lost nuclear weapons ??? Come up with more.
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        1. your1970
          your1970 26 November 2019 06: 26 New
          0
          Able to pollute the relatively small territory of Riteg, not? You then correlate the size and power ....
  10. knn54
    knn54 25 November 2019 09: 03 New
    0
    And where only the FIG knows rockets ...
  11. Maks1995
    Maks1995 25 November 2019 09: 43 New
    0
    Yes, How bad everything is in America and how good everything is with us ...

    Just next to the article "30 years of waiting for the prosperity to come as in America ........
    1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
      Sidor Amenpodestovich 25 November 2019 10: 01 New
      0
      What do you mean by American well-being?
      1. Maks1995
        Maks1995 25 November 2019 11: 28 New
        -1
        I have not read this article yet ...
        Maybe you look ....
        1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
          Sidor Amenpodestovich 25 November 2019 16: 48 New
          +1
          What was your first comment then?
          1. Maks1995
            Maks1995 26 November 2019 09: 46 New
            0
            Purely to emphasize that there are often opposite points of view here ...

            And that all the articles, that the Americans are not powerful, and everything is bad with them, for some reason often after a while are not quite true ...
  12. Miron
    Miron 25 November 2019 09: 45 New
    +1
    At one time, it was precisely for observing strategic American nuclear weapons and controlling their proliferation that the SALT-2 treaty was concluded.
    After reading this article, we can draw a final conclusion: starting with Gorbachev, the structures of the USSR and Russia skimped on their responsibilities to observe and conduct timely inspection and audit of these resources in the United States, without fulfilling the OSV-2 agreement. That is, these agreements are fiction.
    1. Miron
      Miron 25 November 2019 09: 52 New
      +2
      Moreover, in the USA there is a department for monitoring and auditing nuclear weapons of the USSR - Russia, and there every detail of this weapon is recorded there, including its location, a list of responsible persons, and the coordinates necessary for monitoring, including an inventory and a copy of the certificate of validity.
      For such a "performance" of their duties, the chief of the General Staff should fly out of his chair to Kolyma, for life.
    2. Private-K
      Private-K 25 November 2019 13: 05 New
      0
      I plus you, for they reminded the community that there are some agreements. But these arrangements about rare local scheduled inspections. And not about "warehouse accounting for everything and everyone." Those. The GRU (and this is its field of activity) may have known something about the real whereabouts of the Minnitmen keeping their agent records of the movements of such large gizmos. But no one will tell us about this.
  13. Professor
    Professor 25 November 2019 09: 52 New
    -1
    The practice of attracting third-party auditors is quite popular with the bourgeoisie. We are constantly being inspected and nerves are being shaken unnecessarily. if they do not reveal anything, then it turns out they spent money in vain. So they dig and infect in such wilds that you wonder.

    The fact that the Pentagon does an external audit honors them and praise. This is the only way to identify deficiencies and eliminate them.
    1. your1970
      your1970 26 November 2019 06: 36 New
      0
      Quote: Professor

      The fact that the Pentagon does an external audit honors them and praise. This is the only way to identify deficiencies and eliminate them.

      No, they are great, of course .... but it’s not clear how to eliminate the shortage of nuclear weapons ?!
      1. Professor
        Professor 26 November 2019 07: 45 New
        +1
        Quote: your1970
        Quote: Professor

        The fact that the Pentagon does an external audit honors them and praise. This is the only way to identify deficiencies and eliminate them.

        No, they are great, of course .... but it’s not clear how to eliminate the shortage of nuclear weapons ?!

        There was no shortage. There was an ancient system of recording "in a notebook." Correct.
        1. your1970
          your1970 26 November 2019 08: 23 New
          +1
          RџSЂRё
          Quote: Professor
          ancient system of writing "in a notebook".
          there can’t be such a fortune, in principle, the face of the owner of the “notebook” writes at home, disappeared in ..... Based on this and / or in connection with that ...
          The task of the higher command is to reduce John Smith's "departed" from Smith's "arrived".
          Now here is an interesting fortel - from one military unit the property has disappeared, and in the other it has arrived, or not.
          That is Superior the command does not possess such information.

          In the age of communications, this is nonsense, if there NO intent to "steal"

          Z.Y. I’m telling you like a warrant officer, the head of a technical warehouse repeat lol
          1. Professor
            Professor 26 November 2019 08: 56 New
            +1
            Quote: your1970
            In the age of communications, it’s nonsense if there is NO intention to “steal”

            That's it. In the age of communications, they wrote in a notebook. This will not happen again.

            Quote: your1970
            Z.Y. I’m telling you like a warrant officer, the head of a technical warehouse

            If these auditors had you checked, then their report would not have enough paper on planet earth.
            1. your1970
              your1970 26 November 2019 17: 46 New
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              Quote: Professor
              If these auditors had you checked, then their report would not have enough paper on planet earth.

              If these auditors would arrange a check TO ME- then in their reports was 2 Violations: the premises were not whitewashed - which categorically should have been whitewashed and the cable went along the contour of the secretory of a smaller section than it should be.
              And this is at 4800 positions stored and accepted / issued, recorded on paper cards and books ....
              I'm alas repeat - not Petagon, you couldn’t steal from me ...
  14. iouris
    iouris 25 November 2019 11: 24 New
    0
    The principle is known: while in the army a mess, we are invincible! It is universal and cannot be undone: a large army is too complex an organization in which young people serve.
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  16. Captain45
    Captain45 25 November 2019 14: 29 New
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    Yes, for such grandmas Like last year, the Pentagon’s audit cost nearly $ 1 billion, including $ 500 million to address existing weaknesses, $ 250 million to create infrastructure for audits, and $ 195 million to pay for services auditors, not so many reports will be written
    For example, if last year almost 550 reports on problems that needed to be addressed were considered, then this year about 1800 reports on shortcomings prepared last year were re-issued, and another 1300 reports on new problems were created. That is, the situation at least has not improved, and the mess has become even greater.to justify the money spent.
  17. Alexander Dubinin
    Alexander Dubinin 26 November 2019 09: 10 New
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    Democracy!