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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 008-01
January 09, 2001

COHEN ASKS JCS CHAIRMAN TO REVIEW COLE REPORT

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen today released the report of the USS Cole Commission and asked the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to submit his advice concerning implementation of the report's recommendations and any other additional actions the Department should now take.

The USS Cole Commission report was co-authored by retired Navy Admiral Harold W. Gehman and retired Army General William W. Crouch. Secretary Cohen appointed them as co-commissioners to lead a review of lessons learned from the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. The commissioners were directed to review applicable Department of Defense policies and procedures and address force protection matters, rules of engagement, logistical support, intelligence and counterintelligence efforts and any other matters deemed pertinent by the review panel.

The unclassified report is at http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/cole20010109.html .

The memorandum from the Secretary of Defense to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jan2001/cohen20010109.pdf .