US soldiers carrying watches in underground bunkers, where they control the intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads, allow violations that can lead to the seizure of objects by attackers, reports AP.
According to agency sources in the US Air Force, one of the most serious violations is that officers often leave special doors open, which serve not only to protect against possible intrusion by intruders, but also are able to protect those who are there during a nuclear strike, ITAR-TASS reports.
As noted by the AP, only in the current year there were two cases in which one of the officers was asleep and the door was not closed. Similar incidents occurred, in particular, at the Malstrom (Montana) and Minot (North Dakota) Air Force bases. Four people were subject to disciplinary action.
“Such violations may allow outsiders to gain access to the objects with which the missiles are launched, as well as to top-secret codes,” said former military Bruce Blair, who worked in the past at a similar facility. - So the strategic arsenal of nuclear weapons The United States can be neutralized for a long time until the Pentagon releases new codes. ”