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Air Force officers caught cheating on nuclear missile tests

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Nuclear Missile (Flickr)
Nuclear Missile (Flickr)

34 US Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been accused of cheating on tests by texting each other answers. The monthly exams are designed to gauge the officers' abilities to operate the missiles, and the Associated Press reports that those involved have since been stripped of their certification. The AP says the event is "believed to be the largest such breach of integrity in the nuclear force." The situation may also be linked to a drug investigation involving 11 different officers across the US and UK.

This is far from the first controversy for the nuclear missile program, however. Last October, the Air Force fired the general in charge of nuclear missiles citing a "loss of trust and confidence." Later that month it was revealed that officers left important blast doors open on two occasions, potentially compromising the security of their underground command center.