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Ninety-two nuclear missile officers implicated in cheating

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 - 01:04

Jan. 30 - The U.S. Air Force says a total of 92 missile launch officers have been implicated in a widening scandal over exam cheating. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.S. Air Force said on Thursday a total of 92 missile launch officers have been implicated in a widening scandal over exam cheating, well beyond the initial 34 officers placed under investigation. The officers have been taken off their missile wing duties as a result of their ties to the cheating, which took place in a key proficiency exam, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told a Pentagon news briefing. "In an abundance of caution, as we follow these new leads, we have temporarily decertified these 92 crew members and they are not any longer on alert at this time," said the Air Force Secretary. The Air Force and the Pentagon have assured the nuclear mission and the weapons themselves remain safe. But James has cited the likelihood of a "systemic" problem among the officers who oversee America's nuclear missiles. "I believe that a very terrible irony in this whole situation is that these missileers didn't -- didn't cheat to pass, they cheated because they felt driven to get 100 percent, getting 90 percent or 95 percent was considered a failure in their eyes," said James.

Ninety-two nuclear missile officers implicated in cheating

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 - 01:04

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