Personnel Reliability Program, nukes, Betrayus, chain of command
Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) is a United States Department of Defense psychological evaluation program, designed to permit only the most trustworthy individuals to have access to nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, and biological weapons.
The PRP program evaluates many aspects of the individual's work life and home life. Any disruption of these, or severe deviation from an established norm would be cause to deny access.
He was in the nuclear chain of command
When he admitted having an extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, CIA Director David Petraeus, as a senior civilian in the presidential chain of command should something go catastrophically wrong in Washington, violated special behavior codes for officials who might one day be forced to execute nuclear strikes.
In classified presidential emergency action documents, the CIA director is among the dozens, if not hundreds of officials who are listed as National Command Authority successors in the event that higher ranking officials are no longer able to do their jobs.
Because under certain circumstances he'd have ready access to the nuclear satchel, Petraeus was indoctrinated into the Personnel Reliability Program, which evaluates and monitors the lifestyle and behavior of Americans with access to nuclear command and control mechanisms. Adultery is not a minor sin under the PRP rules.
The details of so-called "nuclear pre-delegation" is one of the most tightly held secrets in the U.S. Government. The first 18 presidential successors are spelled out by law. But it is not clear whether the pre-delegation lists follow the Constitutional chain of command.
After retiring as a general, Petraeus was confirmed by the Senate as a civilian, and was probably given emergency action training by the White House Military Office, which runs the Continuity of Government program. In that role, he could serve as one of the two people needed to confirm codes that would key Permissive Action Links (PALs) and activate launch sequences, adhering to the U.S. Strategic Command's two-person rule for nuclear weapons. Precisely what would need to happen for an official like Petraeus to be in the catbird seat is classified, the result of decades of highly secret rules and provisions that are kept locked in safes.
needs to be said --Petraeus had transitioned out of the military but he still had high level clearances as head of the CIA.
He knew what the stakes were. You can't have someone who is so easily persuaded to risk everything, in that high level position. A classic lapse of judgement.
If you look at the Tampa thing all the players are republican so I'm glad this occured.
He would rate better than a Bushor anyone the repulicans have left in the field for prez if this stuff hadn't happen in the next election. I'm hoping his political ambitions are over. Many republicans wanted him to run in 2008,2012 and 2016. Americans eat this general hero worship bullshit up.
I'm glad it took him down a bunch of notches.
I don't think he can recover politically. (And the story isn't even fully out--maybe there's more...but this is bad enough to render him incompetent & his judgment suspect). You don't hear too much Republican protest, except the old "it's only about sex, look at Clinton, blah blah". That's kind of telling. You'd expect them to be all high horse & indignant.
Whatever the strategy, this backfired BAD....
As the big shot in Iraq and Afghanistan, loverboy applied disaster capitalism to war profiteering. As head of CIA, the guy was busy running targeted assassination and the drone wars. He was all into the death and destruction thing, making him a perfect candidate for the GOP. Kind of surprised the golden boy of War, Inc was stopped, actually.
The guy's assistant chief of staff in Iraq was Col Michael Meese, son of Ed Meese, attorney general for Ronnie Trickle Down.
These guys stole our nation's future and Treasury.