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Missile Defense Agency director resigns

Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly. (Susan Walsh/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The report found that O’Reilly, in the job since November 2008, had bullied and “yelled and screamed at subordinates in both public and private settings,” and had violated Pentagon ethics regulations.

Then this: “We recommend the Secretary of the Army consider appropriate corrective action with regard to Lt. Gen. O’Reilly,” the report concluded.

The report had been circulating internally since at least May 2. It was declassified and released at least by July 1 — at least that’s when we got a copy.

But as of Tuesday, Army spokesman George Wright repeated his earlier statement that McHugh was “currently reviewing the report.” The report is only 20 pages, so maybe McHugh might want to enroll in that Evelyn Wood speed-reading course?

On Tuesday afternoon, our colleague, Craig Whitlock, asked DOD spokesman George Little whether Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had “been briefed on that report? And, does he still support Lt. Gen. O’Reilly’s position there?”

“I am aware of the report,” Little said. “ The secretary is aware of it, as well. But, you know, I think we’re in a position right now not to – not to comment on the particulars of the report.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Stay tuned.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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