Maoirboy - the "breakdown' - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 03.10.07 | 00:31 (IST)

    ". . . the article looked as though the chain of command had broken down." - Maoirboy The breakdown was in the chain of custody. The crew that was supposed to switch out the W-80 nuclear bombs on 12 stealth air-launched cruise missiles with dummy "Blue Bomb" warheads, did so on 6 of them, but not the other six. The junior officer responsible checked the missiles on one pylon and found them to have been changed correctly and then did not check the other six. The aircraft then flew to Barksdale AFB. The aircraft sat on the ground for a total of 15 hours without proper guard and then transported the weapons by air across the US without the crew being aware it was carrying special weapons (big no-no). This was a VERY embarrassing incident, and a real career killer for the 463X0s involved. But it was not sinister, just a classic example of Murphy being right and men being fallible. My response to the incident was that the two-man rule had been replaced by the two-moron rule.

    from the article: IDF lifts censorship of Sept. 6 IAF strike on target inside Syria
    First published 00:00 02.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 02.10.07
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