- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A spokesman says that the defense secretary is concerned by recent news of even more problems in the Air Force’s nuclear missile units and suspects "there could be something larger afoot here."
Also, Robert Burns of the AP is hereby awarded Best Defense’s prestigious Birddog Prize for staying on this story. Anyone can break a scoop, but it takes a determined, energetic reporter to track, develop, and deepen it.