29 Jan '14, 6pm

James: Air Force is addressing 'systemic' problem in nuclear force: Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee ... #airforce

James: Air Force is addressing 'systemic' problem in nuclear force: Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee ... #airforce

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Wednesday the service will “get to the bottom” of a systemic problem in its nuclear force, where 14 percent of officers reportedly have been at least temporarily removed from active duty after allegations of cheating on a proficiency exam. “We do have a systemic problem,” James said at an Air Force Association event in Arlington, Va. “The need for perfection has created way too much stress and way too much fear.” The Air Force is also looking at improving pay and career options and addressing problems such as burnout and micromanagement in an attempt to make the career field more appealing for new airmen, she said. Two weeks ago, James and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced that 34 nuclear officers allegedly cheated or covered up cheating on a nuclear proficiency exam late last summer at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The A...

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