Nuclear Missile fuses accidentally exported to Taiwan, 2 top Air Force Brass lose their jobs.

excerpt from an article in the Salt Lake Tribune today:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates forced the resignation of two top Air Force officials Thursday, saying an investigation into the mistaken shipment of missile parts from Hill Air Force Base to Taiwan exposed a systemic “lack of focus” on nuclear accountability.
In addition to the resignation of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne, Gates said a “substantial” number of other officials – presumably including some from Hill – might be fired or reprimanded.
According to the investigation, recently completed by Navy Adm. Kirkland Donald, employees at Hill’s Defense Distribution Center violated a series of protocols for shipping and receiving supplies, leading to the inaccurate labeling of the missile fuses as helicopter batteries. When Taiwan ordered a set of batteries in the summer of 2006, Hill employees shipped the fuses instead.
The mix-up, which took nearly two years to resolve, may have violated international arms control treaties and caused further strain in relations between the United States and China, which considers Taiwan to be a renegade province.
But Gates said the Hill case was only the beginning.
“This incident represents a significant failure to ensure the security of sensitive military components, and more troubling, it depicts a pattern of poor performance,” he said. “Rather than an isolated occurrence,

Most logistics services at Hill are run by military contractor EG&G Inc., which won its $64 million contract at the northern Utah base in 2002 despite having a record of extremely poor performance ratings while doing similar work in Georgia. Gates’ statement did not mention the contractor specifically, but a timeline provided by his office points to several failures at Hill leading to the transfer of the missiles to Taiwan.

the shipment of the four forward section assemblies to Taiwan was a symptom of a degradation of the authority, standards of excellence and technical competence,” within the Air Force’s nuclear missile force.
Coupled with an August 2007 mistake in which an Air Force bomber was flown across the country by a pilot and crew that didn’t know they had nuclear weapons on board, Gates said it has become clear that the Air Force was suffering from a ”lack of critical self-assessment culture.”
Speaking more specifically to the problems identified by the investigation into the Hill error, Gates said that “individuals in command and leadership positions not only fell short in terms of specific actions, they failed to recognize systemic problems.”

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U.S., Halliburton’s KBR subsidiary cover up KBR employee gang rape of U.S. civilian in Iraq

Halliburton/KBR employee, Jamie Leigh Jones, now 22, was kept in a “storage container” under armed gaurd by the company’s other employees in Iraq and repeatedly gang raped. U.S. army doctors reported that there was clear evidence of both vaginal and anal trauma due to rape and a rape kit was administered to collect DNA from the perpetrators, however the kit was subsequently lost after army officials handed the kit over to Halliburton/KBR security personnel.

Nice.

So, now, The two sickest, saddest things I have read about in the past two days are both tragic events that could have and should have been prevented by Halliburton subsidiary and primary Iraq War military contractor, Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR) (both occurred in Iraq last year.), A company that is immune to prosecution for either of these acts under special laws enacted to protect from prosecution, any U.S. military contractors working in Iraq .

nice.

US soldiers repeatedly die of electrocution in improperly grounded U.S. army base showers from 2004 to 2008

Ryan Maseth, 24-year-old Green Beret, died of electrocution in army base shower on Jan. 2, 2008Ryan Maseth, a 24-year-old Green Beret, died in his shower January 2.

This is the saddest thing I have read in a very long time. It is the story of a woman who had three sons serving in Iraq, one of which was accidentally electrocuted in his army base shower due to “improper grounding.” And he is not the first to have died in this manner on our bases in Iraq. It makes me sick for our brave young men and women to know that this was allowed to happen for the past several years. Our soldiers are true heroes, they deserve better. 😦

US B-52 “mistakenly” flies 6 live nuclear warheads over central US!!!!

I could not believe this story when I read it today.

….UNBELIEVABLE, –COULD NOT BELIEVE IT WHEN I READ IT, SIMPLY Unacceptable;

In a story first reported by Military Times newspapers, at ArmyTimes.com, and then later at The Washington Post, government officials have confirmed that a crew of US service men and women mistakenly flew 6 nuclear war heads, mounted on cruise missles beneath a “Stratofortress Bomber” from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007….

Absolutely unacceptable. No excuse. Not good enough. Embarasing.

What’s worse is, CNN reports that, according to retired US Air Force major General Don Sheppard, “the United States had agreed in a Cold War-era treaty not to fly nuclear weapons. “…”It appears that what happened was this treaty agreement was violated,”

The scary world just keeps getting scarier, maybe Pentagon Press Secretary, Geoff Morrell could tell us why today.