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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 02.10.07 | 22:17 (IST)

    Maoriboy I don't think Madsen understands the meaning of the term "Bent Spear." The US has five levels of classification of accidents/incidents involving nuclear weapons. "Pinnacle-Broken Arrow" would be invoked in the case of everything from accidental non-nuclear detonation, destruction in an accident, theft. Pinnacle-Bent Spear includes damage to a weapon or component requiring major rework, replacement or re-certification. It can also be because of the potential for "adverse public reactions." "Pinacle-Dull Sword" covers any damage to a nuclear weapon not included above. "Pinacle-Empty Quiver" is the loss of a nuclear weapon. The reason why the "Minot" incident was a "Bent Spear" is because it is very, very embarrassing to misplace nuclear warheads and the magnitude of the command/control failure could cause an adverse public reaction. I don't think we had some General Jack D. Ripper intending to nuke Iran on his own, or bypassing normal command/control procedures.

    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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