AP investigates failures in safeguarding nuclear weapons
The revelations prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to order a full review into what is ailing the Air Force group responsible for nuclear missiles.
Based at the Pentagon, Burns has traveled the world with two presidents, eight secretaries of defense, one secretary of state and many top military leaders over the course of his 35-year AP career. He earned a 2013 Oliver S. Gramling Award, AP’s highest staff honor, in part for his work on this series, and for what Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee hailed as “a run of reporting brilliance.”
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