Report: Nuclear weapon drivers sometimes got drunk

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Well, this is a little…sobering:

The U.S. Energy Department’s watchdog says government agents hired to drive nuclear weapons and components in trucks sometimes got drunk on the job, including an incident last year when two agents were detained by police at a local bar during a convoy mission.

Convoy mission refers to a nuclear convoy, that is, the movement of a nuclear weapon.

The Energy Department’s assistant inspector general, Sandra D. Bruce, said her office reviewed 16 alcohol-related incidents involving agents, candidate-agents and others from the government’s Office of Secure Transportation between 2007 through 2009. A new report Monday said the incidents “indicate a potential vulnerability” in what it described as a “critical national security mission.”

Candidate-agents?  Perhaps trainees is a better description.  It makes you wonder who the others are.

There are nearly 600 federal agents who ship nuclear weapons, weapon components and special nuclear material across the U.S. The report said when agents drank overnight after checking into local hotels, their trucks were in “safe harbor” status.

Surely there are some…requirements that have to be met, such as no drinking in the 12-hours prior to performing convoy duties or the likes.

Of course, being drunk on the job kicks it all up a notch.

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