Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Importance Of Inventory Control

The U.S. Air Force has launched an investigation into how the heck it accidentally flew five nuclear warheads to Louisiana. And no, it apparently was NOT part of the Bush administration's plot to finish off New Orleans once and for all.

The incident in question concerns a shipment of cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base outside Shreveport. The missiles were hanging from the wings of a B-52 bomber as it flew across the country last week Unfortunately, someone apparently failed to remove the nuke parts before sending them off into the wild blue yonder.

Well, anyone can make mistakes. A misplaced work order, or an incorrect check mark on a form, and heck, you've got Armageddon. Can you imagine if there had been an incident, like the plane accidentally hitting a flock of geese, causing a pylon to snap off, and 500,000 people ending up dead because of a clerical error?

Of course, we wouldn't have immediately known that the explosion was an accident. Everyone's first reaction would have been to jump to conclusions about what ethnic group was responsible.

In other words, we'd all would have gone out and killed ourselves a gas station attendant.

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