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Report of the Defense Science Board Permanent Task Force on Nuclear Weapons Surety on Nuclear Weapons Inspections for the Strategic Nuclear Forces

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The Secretary and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and the Major Air Commanders should Provide clear direction on the collective and individual objectives of the set of nuclear inspections. Remove any direction or implication that inspection teams have an education or mentoring responsibility during the conduct of an inspection The Secretary of the Air Force should direct formation of a team of NSI, NORI, DNSI inspectors and officers and senior NCOs from bomber units and ICBM units to increase the clarity of direction for nuclear weapons operations. Expand the technical manuals as needed. Restore the clear direction formerly embodied in Air Force Regulations on nuclear operations and inspections. The Secretary of the Air Force should Require that Air Combat Command, Air Force Space Command, and US Air Forces in Europe provide a common set of demanding standards that NSI and NORIORI inspectors must attain and sustain. The requirement for initial assignment should include at least one assignment performing nuclear weapons duties. Direct that AFIA produce A formal training course and assemble training teams to assist major air command inspection teams. Standardized checklists for inspections of common areas. Direct that the NSI Process Review Conference be held each six months. Direct that major air commands have the authority for by name assignment to majcom inspection teams. ATSDNCB should coordinate with DTRA to adopt Option 3. Change the DNSI charter to quality control oversight of each NSI team performance while sustaining the capability for the DNSI team to conduct special inspections for areas identified by the CJCS.

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  • Military Intelligence
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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