n18
Menu
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |

Washington:US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagelhas ordered a wide-ranging review of America's nuclear forcestructure following a cheating scandal in proficiency exam involving 34 officers at the inter-continental missilelaunch of the Global Strike Command."Hagel believes it is time for the Department of Defenseas a whole to place renewed emphasis on examining the healthof the nuclear force, in particular those issues that affectthe morale, professionalism, performance, and leadership ofthe people who make up that force," Pentagon Press Secretary,Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at a news conference.The review is expected to be completed in 90 days afterits starts, he said."Hagel has made it clear there is no mission more vitalto our national security than that of strategic nucleardeterrence.He has called it a no-fail mission," Kirby said.Kirby said though Hagel recognises that the majority ofmen and women who perform this mission do so honorably andwith great pride, a series of individual failures such asthose recently witnessed give him pause."To the degree there are systemic problems in thetraining and professional standards of the nuclear careerfield, the secretary wants them solved. To the degree thereare gaps in our understanding or implementation of thosestandards, he wants them closed.And to the degree leadershave failed in their duties, he wants them held to account,"the Press Secretary said.Responding to questions, Kirby said the country's nucleararsenals are safe."I can assure American people that in the security of thenuclear arsenal for this country, the physical infrastructurethat supports it, the protection of it, and, frankly, writlarge, we're confident in the professionalism of the majorityof the force," he said."That said, we've got some issues here. At the very minimum, there are some individuals inside the ICBM force thatdon't or aren't willing to live up to those standards. Hewants this review panel to look at not just the ICBM force --this is why he's bringing in an independent review to look notjust at the ICBM force, but the whole nuclear force," he said.That cheating scandal was uncovered during an unrelatedinvestigation into a US Air Force drug ring involving 10officers at six military bases.Two nuclear launch control officers at Malmstrom AirForce Base in Montana were said to be targeted in the probe.PTI

Downloads | Featured Wallpaper


Ek Paheli Leela

Gujjars call off agitation after promise of 5 percent quota in govt jobs

from firstpost

Gujjars call off agitation after promise of 5 percent quota in govt jobs

Gujjars late on Thursday called of their agitation after the Rajasthan government assured them of bringing a bill to provide them fivepercent quota in government jobs.Given the strike has been called ...


It's not rats! Mystery of Swiss cheese holes finally cracked

from firstpost

It's not rats! Mystery of Swiss cheese holes finally cracked

Geneva: Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese.Despite what you may have been told as a child, they are not caused by...

China to invest nearly $900 billion in Silk Road projects

from firstpost

China to invest nearly $900 billion in Silk Road projects

Beijing: China will invest nearly $900 billion in economic corridors along the mega Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road initiatives with funds including from the newly-floated AIIB bank.Vice-Premier Zhan...

Heatwave continues to scorch India, death toll rises to 1826

from firstpost

Heatwave continues to scorch India, death toll rises to 1826

New Delhi: The death toll in the sweltering heat sweeping many parts of the country climbed to 1826 on Thursday, with 414 lives being claimed by the scorching sun in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since...

Ex-servicemen to protest nation-wide over slow roll-out of 'One-Rank-One-Pension' scheme

from firstpost

Ex-servicemen to protest nation-wide over slow roll-out of 'One-Rank-One-Pension' scheme

New Delhi/Pune: Aggrieved over the delay in the roll-out of 'One-Rank-One-Pension' for the armed forces, ex-servicemen plan to hold a nation-wide agitation even as1971 war veteran Wing Commander (retd...

Chidambaram takes on Centre for not scrapping retro tax

from firstpost

Chidambaram takes on Centre for not scrapping retro tax

New Delhi: Dismissing the charge of obstructionism in Parliament against Congress, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today blamed the government for not scrapping retrospective tax and MAT on FIIs...