Top commander at US nuclear missile base resigns in wake of cheating scandal

The US Air Force has fired nine commanders and accepted the resignation of a senior officer following a scandal involving systemic cheating on proficiency exams at a nuclear missile base in Montana. In January, investigators first stumbled across evidence that officers were using text messages to cheat on exams designed to ensure that they were prepared to handle “emergency war orders” that detail nuclear strike targets.

Since then, the Pentagon has revealed that the cheating involves far more Air Force personnel than first thought: 82 officers are now implicated, according to the Associated Press, though not all participated in cheating. Some were merely aware of the text messages and chose not to reveal it to superiors. Four…

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