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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 548-97
October 17, 1997

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DIRECTS REVIEW OF SECURITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY PROCEDURES

As a result of the announcement of arrests in the FBI undercover operation "Long Fuse," Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has directed the military services to conduct a review of their security and accountability procedures for small arms and ammunition.

"Today I am directing the Service Secretaries to conduct a review of our security and accountability procedures for small arms and ammunition and to report back to me within 30 days. I am doing this in light of a Marine Corps-initiated investigation that brought to a halt an alleged munitions and weapons theft operation in the southeastern United States. It is imperative that we be confident we have procedures in place to ensure that military arms and munitions are tightly controlled and safeguarded," said Secretary Cohen.

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