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Missile Defense Agency Set to Get New Chief
The U.S. Defense Department on Monday announced its pick to lead the Missile Defense Agency -- Navy Rear Adm. James Syring, who if approved would replace Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, the Washington Post reported (see GSN, Aug. 3).
The personnel announcement follows an internal Pentagon investigation that found significant fault with O'Reilly's leadership style since becoming MDA chief in November 2008. The inspector general report issued in May said the lieutenant general had "yelled and screamed at subordinates in both public and private settings," and had breached Defense Department ethics rules.
"We recommend the secretary of the Army consider appropriate corrective action with regard to Lt. Gen. O'Reilly," the IG report advised.
Syring presently serves as program executive officer for the Navy's Integrated Warfare Systems program. The nomination calls for him to become a vice admiral as well as taking over the Missile Defense Agency.
No Senate confirmation hearing can be held for Syring until Congress returns from vacation early next month. The Post said it was not apparent whether the Obama administration would install the admiral as MDA head on an interim standing.
The Missile Defense Agency oversees the bulk of U.S. antimissile projects including development of Standard Missile 3 interceptors and the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (Al Kamen, Washington Post, Aug. 6).
Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region: Report Prepared for Presidents, Prime Ministers, Parliamentarians, and Publics
April 3, 2013
This report is the result of a Track II dialogue including distinguished former senior political leaders, senior military officers, defence officials, and security experts from Europe, Russia, and the United States.
April 2, 2013
An op-ed in The International Herald Tribune urging today's leaders to move decisively and permanently toward a new security strategy in the Euro-Atlantic region.
This article provides an overview of the United States’ historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.