Release No: NR-027-14
January 15, 2014
Earlier today, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James briefed Secretary Hagel on allegations that several dozen ICBM officers cheated on their proficiency tests. Secretary Hagel was deeply troubled to learn of these allegations, and he strongly supports the aggressive steps the Air Force is taking in response to them. He asked Secretary James to update him regularly on these investigations, and to make the health of the ICBM force a top priority. Having just returned from visiting with ICBM officers in Wyoming, Secretary Hagel understands the importance of their mission and the necessity that it be executed according to the highest standards of professionalism. He will be following the issue closely.