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Human error the biggest danger in nuclear technology

In 2007, six nuclear warheads were transported from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, to Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base – by mistake. It’s a pattern of mistakes where there’s zero room for error.

When We’re Our Own Biggest Nuclear Threat Gizmodo Australia, By Brian Barrett  November 23, 2010 Last year, two men were handcuffed and detained after a drunken bar incident. Not unremarkable for your average road warrior. Except these two men were federal agents, and their cargo was nuclear weaponry. That’s terrifying. And it’s happened before.

That might be the most egregious of the alcohol-induced incidents that have plagued America’s Office of Secure Transportation the last few years, but it’s far from an isolated incident. In 2007, an agent was arrested for public intoxication during a secure transportation mission, and there have been a full 16 incidents involving those entrusted with transporting our nuclear arsenal from 2007 to 2009 alone………….And that’s just two years of alcohol-specific missteps. In 2008, we sent electrical fuses for nuclear missiles to Taiwan. In 2007, six nuclear warheads were transported from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, to Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base – by mistake. It’s a pattern of mistakes where there’s zero room for error.

When We’re Our Own Biggest Nuclear Threat | Gizmodo Australia

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