Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today the appointment of an independent high-level review panel for the V-22 program. Cohen asked retired Marine Gen. John R. Dailey to chair the panel. Retired Air Force Gen. James B. Davis and Norman R. Augustine will join Dailey on the panel.
In his tasking to the panel members, Secretary Cohen wrote, "The V-22 accident history and other testing issues neccessitate that we undertake an independent, high level review of the program. You are hereby appointed to conduct this review, to include safety of the aircraft, and to recommend any proposed corrective actions."
Specific factors to be addressed in the review, as they affect safety and combat effectiveness, are training, engineering and design, production and quality control, suitability to satisfy operational requirements, performance and safety of flight.