March 24, 2008

Senior defense and Air Force officials announce they learned the week before about a mistaken shipment in 2006 of ICBM-related parts to Taiwan instead of the helicopter batteries that country had expected to receive. The Taiwan government reported the error at the time, but it took service and DOD officials more than a year to actually realize what had been shipped. It is the second (or first, by date) nuclear enterprise problem involving the Air Force within a year (see Aug. 31, 2008).