Airmen responsible for missile operations at Minot Air Force Base would have failed their portion of a major inspection in March 2013 but managed a “marginal” rating because their poor marks were blended with the better performance of support staff – like cooks and facilities managers – and they got a boost from the base’s highly rated training program. The “marginal” rating, the equivalent of a “D” in school, was reported previously. Now, details of the low performance by the launch officers, or missileers, entrusted with the keys to missiles have been revealed.
Thirty-four Air Force officers who conduct nuclear operations have thus far been implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal. Gwen Ifill talks to Robert Burns of the Associated Press and Bruce Blair of Princeton University about the larger implications of the cheating revelations for the Air Force. Continue reading
It was deadline day in Atlanta for 35 former educators to voluntarily turn themselves in to face charges for crimes related to widespread, coordinated cheating by principals and teachers. Margaret Warner talks with Mike Winerip of The New York Times for more on the allegations, possible motives and how it has affected students. Continue reading