Air Force Nuke Officers Being Investigated for Drug Use

Investigation of officers with the authority to launch nuclear missiles has sparked security worries.
3:00 | 01/10/14

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There are new security worries about our nuclear arsenal. Two air force officers with authority to launch nuclear missiles are being investigated for illegal drug use. The latest blackye and martha raddatz is tracking it all from washington. Good morning, martha. Reporter: Good morning, george. What is so startling about these accusations this morning is that this is not the first time there have been accusations of misconduct at america's nuclear arsenals. The air force facilities where officers are supposed to be ensuring our safety and the security of the nuclear weapons they maintain. This morning, fallout at one of the nation's nuclear missile launch facilities. Two nuclear missile launch officers in charge of operating the nation's intercontinental blaise tick missiles facing allegations of drug possession, removed from their positions pending an investigation. This bombshell coming same day as a visit to a nuclear missile facility in wyoming by secretary of defense chuck hagel. And what you do every day there is no room for error, none. Reporter: But this is just the latest in a series of scandals involving the men and women who operate the nation's nuclear arsenal. Two top commanders overseeing nuclear weapons were fired last october. Investigations revealing one was gambling with counterfeit chips at an iowa casino while the other drinking so much on a visit to moscow, he even needed assistance standing. In 2007, four top ranking air force commanders were relieved of duty after a huge oversight left six nuclear warheads attached to a b-52 bomber flown from north dakota to louisiana and not discovered for 36 hours. That one was particularly frightening but this morning the air force insists that there was no risk to the nuclear arsenal with this latest incident. Robin. That is reassuring. All right, martha, thank you very much.

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