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Release No: 084-97
February 21, 1997

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RECEIVES PHASE I INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ON TRAINING OF FOREIGN MILITARY PERSONNEL

Deputy Secretary of Defense John P. White has received and is reviewing the conclusions and recommendations of Phase I of the Department of Defense's Inspector General Report on the Training of Foreign Military Personnel. The Inspector General's report is part of the Department's efforts to prevent a recurrence of the use of objectionable materials for the training of foreign military personnel as occurred in the 1980s.

On September 30, 1996, Secretary White asked the DoD Inspector General to review a March 10, 1992 report by the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight and supporting material. This action was taken because of questions raised by the use of objectionable training materials in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility and in the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga. The Inspector General determined that the March 10 report was adequate for concluding that no deliberate and orchestrated attempt was made to violate Department of Defense or U.S. Army policies, that the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight decision not to pursue the issue of individual responsibility was justified, and that further investigation to assess individual responsibility was not required.

The Inspector General investigation concludes that the Department acted appropriately in 1992 to stop the use of improper materials in training foreign military officers, Secretary White said. Secretary Cohen and I are committed to doing everything we can to prevent such mistakes from happening again.

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Emmett Paige, Jr. is reviewing and updating an August 1992 policy memorandum on training foreign military personnel for reissuance as a DoD directive as recommended by the report.

The publication of the memorandum as a directive will ensure that agencies within the Department of Defense have regulatory guidelines on providing intelligence training for non-U.S. persons. The directive will also provide specific guidance for the office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight as well as other intelligence oversight activities for their scrutiny of intelligence training for foreign students.

On October 7, 1996, the original tasking of the Inspector General was expanded to examine how training conducted at the School of the Americas is reviewed and approved (Phase II) and examine intelligence training for foreign personnel throughout the Department of Defense (Phase III). These latter two tasks will be addressed in future reports.