Who's minding the nukes?

Gestart door dudge, 28/04/2014 | 21:20 uur


Tour a nuclear launch control center
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Who's minding the nukes?

Lesley Stahl gets rare access inside an American nuclear control center and meets the young airmen who watch over some of the world's deadliest weapons

The following script is from "America's Missile Fields" which aired on April 27, 2014. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Andy Court, producer.

The last time many of us thought about our nation's big land-based nuclear missiles was probably during the Cold War. But today, there are nearly 450 of these giant Minuteman-3s, as they're called, tucked away in underground silos, ready to launch, on the president's command.

They're part of a so-called "nuclear triad" that includes submarines and bombers. But it's the land-based leg of the triad that's been getting all the attention lately - and it's not the kind of attention the top brass wants.

The entire Air Force chain of command of a missile base responsible for....