Danger Room had this post about Maj. Gen. Don Alston, the Air Force’s top dog on nuclear forces, the other day, which had a few interesting things to say about the tough inspection regime that’s caused so many nuclear-armed units to fail, including the one in Minot:
In certain corners of the military, there’s some grumbling about how impossibly hard the Air Force’s nuclear handling inspections have become. Maj. Gen. Don Alston, the Air Force’s new man at the Pentagon overseeing all things atomic, has a message for the grumblers: Suck it up.
These are weapons that can destroy cities, and turn the world’s political balance on its ear. There’s no room, he says, even for the small failures.
Longtime readers know I’m fascinated with nuclear weapons, particularly their Cold War history. The new zero tolerance for failure harkens back to the old days when nuclear-armed units were the cream of the Air Force. I had a post and story about that back in July, when I did a story on the old 321st Strategic Missile Wing that used to be at Grand Forks Air Force Base.