Is there a morale crisis in the US nuclear force?

(AP) Is there a morale crisis in the US nuclear force?
By ROBERT BURNS
AP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON
The Air Force's embarrassing suspension of 17 nuclear missile launch officers raises two broader questions.

The first one is this: Do those entrusted with the world's most destructive weapons feel stuck in a dead-end career field, given the momentum toward more nuclear arms reductions?

And the second _ is there a morale crisis among these officers?

It matters because the 450 missiles that stand in below-ground silos, ready for launch at a moment's notice form a critical part of America's nuclear defenses.

There is little room for error.

Although none has ever been fired in anger, the risk of accidental launch or unauthorized intrusion is real.

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