The Office of the Defense Inspector General has completed its review of missing nuclear, chemical and biological desk logs of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) during Operation Desert Storm.
In a report released today, the Inspector General's office determined CENTCOM did not retain, safeguard or archive the logs as required by applicable regulations, but found no evidence of a conspiracy to destroy the missing logs, either by individuals or organizations. The entire set of logs was not found; these logs were probably destroyed when other files at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla., the headquarters of CENTCOM, were purged. The IG did find a twenty page document entitled "Log Extracts--Biological Defense," which contains previously undiscovered log entries. These new entries, which also deal in chemical issues, do not mention Khamisiyah. That document is included in the Inspector General's report.
DoD Inspector General Eleanor Hill expressed appreciation for cooperation and assistance from offices throughout the Department of Defense in this inquiry.
This effort resulted from a March 3, 1997 tasking by then Deputy Secretary of Defense John White. He directed the IG to assume responsibility for an investigation begun in January 1997 by the Office of the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses to locate the missing logs, which had been maintained in the Joint Operations Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during the Gulf War. Specifically, the Deputy Secretary asked the IG to follow all leads on the location of the original logs or copies in electronic or hard copy versions; gather all originals and copies that could be located; and if a full copy of the logs could not be located, explain why. The "Report of Investigation Concerning the Missing U.S. Central Command Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Desk Logs" responds to that direction.
The report will be available on the Department of Defense's GulfLINK home page, which is accessible at http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/. GulfLINK is the world wide web information system concerning Persian Gulf illnesses matters.