SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! Or the back, depending on how you look at it. But either way, the Air Force needs shut that door, and wear some of these while they’re at it:
Osaka-based materials company Yamamoto has developed anti-radiation underwear and swimwear that protects the body’s most sensitive parts from harmful gamma rays…Made out of carbon-embedded rubber to block radiation, the wetsuit weighs 6.6 pounds and is expected to sell for $1,073, starting in November.
But oversized, six-pound diapers might not be enough of a reminder for the Air Force officers who guard our nuclear weapons and are custodians of the keys that could launch a nuclear disaster/war/Bad Bad Thing We Don’t Like To Contemplate. Fox reports:
Four Air Force officers who were entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been punished for leaving open blast doors intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their post while they were sleeping…
In the two episodes confirmed by the Air Force, the multi-ton concrete-and-steel door that seals the entrance to the underground launch control center was deliberately left open while one of two crew members inside napped.
One officer lied about a violation but later admitted to it.
Wow. Just wow. Fox says morale in the nuke silos is low, reporting:
The Associated Press has discovered a series of problems within the ICBM force, including a failed safety inspection, the temporary sidelining of launch officers deemed unfit for duty and the abrupt firing last week of the two-star general in charge.
On October 11, it was announced that:
The Air Force’s No. 2 officer for nuclear missiles was fired Friday after “a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment,” the Air Force said in a statement.
Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, deputy commander of the 20th Air Force, was relieved of command after an inspector general’s investigation into his behavior on a temporary assignment.
The allegations do not involve his responsibility for nuclear weapons, said Brig. Gen. Les Kodlick, the Air Force’s top spokesman. They also do not involve sexual misconduct.
Carey was removed two days after the Navy announced Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, the deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces, was relieved of duty. The military had investigated allegations that Carey used counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino.