34 Nuclear Launch Officers Accused in Cheating Scandal

Air Force says officers in charge of nuclear missiles may have cheated on training test.
3:00 | 01/16/14

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We turn to the escalating scandal rocking the air force. 34 officers in charge of our nuclear missiles implicated in the cheating investigation and abc's pierre thomas now has the latest on something of a disturbingly familiar trend here in washington, pierre, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, josh. That's right. Today we have more deeply disturbing news about the people responsible for the most dangerous weapons on the planet. Their job, to watch over the nation's most powerful nuclear missiles. Destructive force capable of laying waste to whole cities. Now, this morning accusations of drug use, potentially widespread cheating on the training tests by some of the air force officers responsible for launching those missiles. This is absolutely unacceptable behavior. Reporter: A development so serious that the air force top two officials came to the pentagon briefly room for a hastily arranged press conference. It is completely contrary to our core values. Reporter:34 officers have been removed from duty after 17 allegedly cheated on recertification tests and the rest failed to report the scandal. As a result, every officer in the nation's missile launch program all 600 of them are being retested. This is terribly important because there is no room for mistakes with nuclear weapons. Reporter: The cheating scandal come discuss a week after three launch officers were accused of recreational drug use, the troubles part of a disturbing pattern. A top commander was fired last october after allegedly drinking so much on a visit to moscow, he needed assistance standing. In 2007 four top ranking air force commanders were relieved of duty after a huge oversight left six live nuclear warheads attached to a b-52 bomber flown from north dakota to louisiana and not discovered for 36 hours. This morning, the air force is vowing to root out anyone cutting corners and they maintain the arsenal is in safe hands.

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