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Missile Defense chief’s sucessor being readied

Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly testifies on Capitol Hill. (Harry Hamburg/Associated Press)

Syring, who is well-respected in defense circles, is the Navy’s program executive officer for integrated warfare systems. We hear his paperwork has been submitted to the White House.

O’Reilly came under fire for an abusive management style, according to a blistering May 2 Inspector General report.

George Wright, an Army spokesman, said last night in a statement that, “after recieving the DOD inspector general’s report,” Army Secretary John McHugh “reviewed the findings and consulted with the Army general counsel.”

Wright, who read his statement to us, said McHugh “referred the action to the vice chief of staff of the Army, Gen. Lloyd Austin, for appropriate disposition. This is the standard process for actions related to senior general officers.”

And the Hill has weighed in. Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), the chair of the strategic forces subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, in a letter to McHugh, asked whether O’Reilly had misled lawmakers about morale at the agency during the period covered in the IG report.

Turner said he believed O’Reilly gave him “out of context ‘cherry-picked’” information about his employees’ satisfaction. “I am deeply concerned there might have been an attempt to misdirect the subcommittee in its oversight. I ask that you look into this matter,” he wrote.

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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