Tasked with moving nuclear weapons and their parts between military bases and weapons facilities located around the country, including Texas, the trucks within the Office of Secure Transportation cover about 3 million miles each year.
Reporters conducted an investigation that revealed the fleet is understaffed, falling nearly 50 drivers short from its goal. As a result, more than a third of the truck drivers who transport the nuclear weapons put in more than 900 hours of overtime each year. The Energy Department has said this overtime contributes to “a breakdown in morale and rapid turnover.”
A 2010 inquiry also found widespread alcohol problems among the fleet’s workers, including 16 alcohol-related incidents over a three-year span. An agent was arrested for public intoxication in 2007, and the agency’s top executive was charged with drunk driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .15% in 2009.
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