Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
April 30, 1997
EFFORTS ADDRESSING THE PRESIDENT'S CONCERNS IN FEBRUARY 26,
Army Inspector General
- Inquiry initiated 9/25/96 by Deputy Secretary of Defense John
White in memo to the Secretary of the Army Togo West, followed
by taskers to AIG on 9/25/96 and 10/18/96.
- Taskers focused on these issues: 1) was the presence of chemical
munitions detected when the ammunition was destroyed [at Khamisiyah];
2) was this presence reported, and to what level; 3) were appropriate
force protection measures taken during the ammunition demolition
operations; and 4) identify any other sites where the same or
similar operations were conducted.
- Staffed by four full-time equivalents (FTE) conducting interviews
and reviewing documents.
- Final report scheduled for delivery 5/31/97; expects to provide
answers to all questions in taskers; until work completed, AIG
is uncertain about the extent of recommendations.
CIA Inspector General
- Initiated 10/31/96 by former Director of Central Intelligence
- Scope focusing on four allegations made by former CIA employees
Pat and Robin Eddington: 1) CIA has hidden, and continues to
hide, evidence of the exposure of U.S. forces to CW agents during
the Gulf War; 2) CIA officials sought to hinder the Eddingtons'
inquiry about the exposure of U.S. forces to CW agents during
the Gulf War; 3) CIA employees sought to avoid reviewing honestly
the evidence the Eddingtons uncovered concerning the exposure
of U.S. forces to CW agents during the Gulf War; and 4) the Eddingtons'
careers with CIA effectively were destroyed because of their insistence
on pursuing an inquiry about the exposure of U.S. forces to CW
agents during the Gulf War.
- Following the President's February 1997 memorandum to the
Advisory Committee, is reviewing the handling of Khamisiyah-related
information in conjunction with the assessment of allegation 1.
- Nine FTEs conducting interviews and reviewing documents.
- No deadline for final report-data gathering complete on allegations
2, 3, and 4 but ongoing on 1; analysis incomplete; no conclusions
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Intelligence Oversight)
- Initiated 9/25/96 by Deputy Secretary of Defense John White,
followed by 9/27/06 data call from ATSD(IO) to the military departments
and 11 additional entities.
- Questions to be addressed: 1) what information was available
to DOD concerning Iraqi CW facilities, including Khamisiyah; and
2) what use was made of this information?
- Conducted chiefly via a $2 million contract initiated on 12/2/96
with MITRE, principally for document review.
- Final classified report to be delivered by MITRE on 5/31/97;
unclassified summary by MITRE planned; ATSD(IO) will review the
report and forward his recommendations for any follow-up action
and/or correction of procedures.
Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) Persian Gulf War Illnesses
- Initiated 2/27/97 by George Tenet, then Acting Director of
- Tasked to develop a strategy to: 1) provide intelligence
support for inquiries from the Presidential Advisory Committee
on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, DOD, National Security Council
(NSC), and congressional oversight committees; 2) review previous
search criteria used to identify intelligence related to possible
CW and biological weapons incidents and conduct additional searches
as necessary; 3) review all classified holdings to ensure timely
and maximum declassification of documents related to such incidents;
4) ensure transmission of relevant material to all parties in
task 1; 5) implement communications process to keep DOD, the Advisory
Committee, NSC, appropriate congressional committees, the public,
and the media informed; and 6) support modeling efforts.
- Staffed by 50 personnel from CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency,
National Security Agency, National Imagery and Mapping Agency,
and other DOD units.
- Duration intended to be 60 days, no reporting requirements
specified, but Khamisiyah: A Historical Perspective on Related
Intelligence released on 4/8/97-intelligence and operational
failures are analyzed, and lessons to be learned regarding multiple
databases, information sharing, "tunnel vision," and
thoroughness in information retrieval are reported.
DOD Inspector General
- Initiated 3/3/97 by Deputy Secretary of Defense John White
(following previous investigations by other DOD offices).
- Tasks: 1) follow all leads that can be developed on the location
of the original CENTCOM Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical log
or copies-both electronic or hard copy versions; 2) gather all
originals and copies that can be located; and 3) if a full copy
of the log cannot be located, explain why.
- IG has been instructed to use all resources necessary to get
the job done quickly.
- Final report due as soon as possible.