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The news today reports something very troubling. Not once, but twice this year alone, Air Force officers "entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear tipped missles" have been caught violating protocol in the worst possible way.....leaving the door open. Yes, THE door. During nap time.
The blast door is to remain closed to keep the bad guys out. It is the last line of defense to prevent intruders from entering the underground posts. This is where the two guys sit and wait for orders to launch our ICBM's at the Soviet Union, which of course does not exist any longer. Perhaps they have been re-programmed to strike awful places like Iran, Libya, Venezuela, China, and Detroit. And of course a generous fleet of them are booked on a nonstop flight to North Korea. I suppose Russia will still get the bulk of them, just because they were the ones who, in their former state, caused us to stock those silos with extinction-level nuclear bombs in the first place.
But we all know who is trying to get their hands on a nuke. Or a warhead loaded with a dozen of them. The terrorists. A large team of their best-trained suicidal maniacs covertly descending on an isolated nuclear weapon silo? Impossible, most would say, because everybody knows there is no way to get access to the goods down below. Everybody knows about the big heavy locked door, right?
Too bad that door is being left open sometimes, while one of the two military guys down there is asleep on a cot. So let's see....IF you manage to get that far, your opposition is....well, just walk right in, the front door is open. And there's only one person awake.
There are several layers of security the terrorists would have to get through before getting to that crucial, extremely important last door. Sadly, it is now easy to piece together what those other layers are, thanks to the news story talking about them. It has all but given the terrorist a blueprint of what they will encounter. First you will find an armed guard at the gate, then another armed guard inside, and a locked door, then a stairwell, etc. But it doesn't sound like there are a lot of our guys there with weapons sufficient to fight off a serious brigade of hell-bent terrorists. It's not like we have batallions stationed at our hundreds of missle silos. We don't. Besides, that isn't really needed if you just keep that last door shut and locked. You know, that big heavyblast-proof impenetrable door down there, around the corner from the sleeping quarters.
If I understand it correctly, it's two guys down below in the control center where the launch codes and keys and blinking lights and push-buttons are. Up top there may or may not be others....a couple locked doors and things to blast or shoot your way through, of course....but certainly nothing a large group of heavily armed terrorists couldn't get past if they sent in a mass of them armed like they are in Hollywood films. So it is crucial those two down below keep the door closed & locked with its 12 iron bars. THAT door is THE door, the one they absolutely cannot get through.
So this door is never to be left open if one of the crew members inside is asleep. That is what happened both times. Mind you, both times that are now being publicly reported.
I know it must get tiring down there in those holes, constantly going through the routines, never really getting to spring into action. I understand the human body can get fatigued when bored. Naps are needed. And they are down there for 24 hour stretches of time, so sleep is indeed necessary. That is our vulnerability, and the terrorists know this. All they have to do is be "lucky" enough to figure out when our guys down there are nearing the end of their shift, and will obviously be very tired, perhaps even sleeping. As they were in these two cases. And if they have left the door open.......
Well, let's hope this kind of stuff only plays out in the movies. And for God's sake, keep your door closed and locked down there, will ya?