This sounds like an odd subplot within one of those nuclear Armageddon style apocalyptic novels that focus on the "high commands" point of view.
3-star admiral fired as No. 2 nuclear commander
Robert Burns, AP News, 9 October 2013 (hat tip: NC)
So it looks like we moved a few seconds further away from midnight. I do so much like to bring cheerful news.WASHINGTON (AP) - The deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces, Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, was notified Wednesday that he has been relieved of duty amid a military investigation of allegations that he used counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino, the Navy said.