The officials said Hagel also will order an independent review of the nuclear force to determine whether a string of setbacks, including numerous missteps revealed by a news agency, reflect endemic failures that could harm the performance of the nuclear mission and the safety and security of US nuclear weapons.
The official disclosed Hagel's plans to the news agency on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss them by name. Earlier on Thursday Hagel talked to the Air Force's top civilian official about setbacks in the nuclear missile force.


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