Defense Department Shaking Up Sexual Assault Office Leadership

The move comes after a year of increased criticism for the department’s handling of sexual assault cases.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, citing the recent Pay Our Military Act, will recall to work hundreds of thousands of furloughed civilian employees of the Department of Defense next week.
National Journal
Jordain Carney
Dec. 16, 2013, 10:37 a.m.

The De­fense De­part­ment’s Sexu­al As­sault Pre­ven­tion and Re­sponse Of­fice will have new lead­er­ship start­ing next month, De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel an­nounced on Monday.

Ma­jor Gen­er­al Jef­frey J. Snow will take over the of­fice in Janu­ary, tak­ing over for Ma­jor Gen­er­al Gary S. Pat­ton, who is plan­ning to re­tire in the spring.

Hagel praised the out­go­ing Pat­ton, say­ing he “has a his­tory of tack­ling tough as­sign­ments,” and Pat­ton said he was “heartened by signs of pro­gress in com­batting sexu­al as­sault” dur­ing his ten­ure.

The Pentagon has faced in­creased scru­tiny dur­ing the past year for its hand­ling of sexu­al as­sault cases, and oth­ers were less giv­ing in their eval­u­ation of Pat­ton’s work.

Dani­elle Bri­an, the ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Pro­ject On Gov­ern­ment Over­sight, called the an­nounce­ment the “first step in restor­ing cred­ib­il­ity to the Pentagon’s prom­ise of re­du­cing sexu­al as­saults in the mil­it­ary.”

The out­side group pre­vi­ously called for Pat­ton’s resig­na­tion over an in­spect­or gen­er­al’s re­port that al­leged that while serving as the deputy com­mand­er of the NATO train­ing mis­sion in Afgh­anistan, Pat­ton vi­ol­ated the Mil­it­ary Whis­tleblowers Pro­tec­tion Act, which bans per­son­nel ac­tion against a mem­ber of the Armed Forces for speak­ing with an In­spect­or Gen­er­al, De­fense De­part­ment audit, or mem­ber of Con­gress about a po­ten­tially il­leg­al act.

Col. Steve War­ren, a De­fense De­part­ment spokes­man, told Stars and Stripes that Pat­ton’s de­cision to re­tire is un­re­lated to the re­port.

Snow is cur­rently the Army’s dir­ect­or of Strategy, Plans, and Policy.

What We're Following See More »
BIG CHANGE FROM WHEN HE SELF-FINANCED
Trump Enriching His Businesses with Donor Money
1 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Donald Trump "nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign." A campaign spokesman "said the increased office space was needed to accommodate an anticipated increase in employees," but the campaign's paid staff has actually dipped by about 25 since March. The campaign has also paid his golf courses and restaurants about $260,000 since mid-May.

Source:
QUESTIONS OVER IMMIGRATION POLICY
Trump Cancels Rallies
1 days ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump probably isn't taking seriously John Oliver's suggestion that he quit the race. But he has canceled or rescheduled rallies amid questions over his stance on immigration. Trump rescheduled a speech on the topic that he was set to give later this week. Plus, he's also nixed planned rallies in Oregon and Las Vegas this month.

Source:
‘STRATEGY AND MESSAGING’
Sean Hannity Is Also Advising Trump
2 days ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump's Fox News brain trust keeps growing. After it was revealed that former Fox chief Roger Ailes is informally advising Trump on debate preparation, host Sean Hannity admitted over the weekend that he's also advising Trump on "strategy and messaging." He told the New York Times: “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. I never claimed to be a journalist.”

Source:
THE SHAKE-UP CONTINUES
RNC’s Spicer to Work from Trump HQ
2 days ago
THE LATEST

"Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican party will coordinate more closely going forward, with the GOP's top communicator and chief strategist Sean Spicer increasingly working out of Trump campaign headquarters, the campaign confirmed Sunday."

Source:
MORE PALACE INTRIGUE
Manafort Resigns from Trump Campaign
5 days ago
THE LATEST

In a statement released Friday morning, the Trump campaign announced that Paul Manafort has resigned as campaign chairman. The move comes after fresh questions had been raised about Manafort's work in Russia and Ukraine, and Trump brought in Stephen Bannon "as a de facto demotion for Manafort."

Source:
×