The reports about routine inspections of America’s nuclear weapons are going to be harder to obtain now, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists says the U.S. Air Force has upgraded the classification of information about the evaluations by the department’s inspector general.
The purpose of the upgrade is eliminate public references to the results of the reviews.
“Until recently, the IG weapons inspections could be described in unclassified reports,” Aftergood said. “Now they will be classified at least at the Confidential level.”
The reports, called nuclear surety inspections, he explained, assess “a unit’s ability to accomplish its assigned nuclear weapons mission and produce reliable nuclear weapons in a safe and secure environment in compliance with applicable directives.”
“Additionally, an NSI inspects a unit’s capability to safely and reliably receive, store, secure, assemble, transport, maintain, load, mate, lock/unlock, test, render safe and employ nuclear weapons.”
In each review, a grade is given that indicates an ability to meet the requirements, and Aftergood said the pass-or-fail grades now will be classified, too.
“The changes were made following the latest revision of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Instruction (CJCSI) 3263.05C, Nuclear Weapons Technical Inspections, issued on March 10, 2017. Though unclassified, the Instruction is ‘Limited’ in distribution and is not publicly available,” he said.
One of the ripple effects will be that such accomplishments – even a finding that everything is in perfect shape – “cannot be acknowledged in military decorations or unit awards,” he reported.