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Inside the Ring
“Chinese entities - which include private companies, individuals, and state-owned military export firms - continue to engaged in WMD-related proliferation activities,” the report said.
Sanctions were imposed on several Chinese companies for the sales last year and the report noted that despite the release of new Chinese government export controls “enforcement continues to fall short.”
“Chinese entities continue to supply a variety of missile-related items to multiple customers, including recent exports to Iran and Pakistan,” the report said, noting that Pakistan was China’s most important market for advanced conventional arms.
A Chinese Embassy spokesman did not return telephone calls and e-mails seeking comment.
In one of the first major reshufflings inside the Pentagon policy shop, officials are moving anti-terrorism duties out of the special operations unit, special correspondent Rowan Scarborough reports.
Inside the Ring obtained an internal “action memo” written by two senior officials: Michael G. Vickers, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict; and Bob Salesses, a senior aide for the assistant secretary of defense for homeland security and Americas’ security affairs.
Both offices fall within the purview of Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy, who is reorganizing a bureaucracy that submits advice papers to the defense secretary.
The March 23 memo recommends moving the anti-terrorism portfolio out of special operations and into homeland security. A senior official tells Inside the Ring that the shift was approved by a senior Flournoy deputy and will be completed by the end of May.
The official, who spoke on the condition that he not be named, said he feared the move would fragment anti-terrorism efforts.
But in the memo, Mr. Vickers and Mr. Salesses write, “This move will consolidate all [anti-terrorism] policy oversight in [the office of secretary of defense] to a single office, gaining economy of effort and streamlined coordination with the Joint Staff, the combatant commands, military departments and the interagency.”
Among the programs under the anti-terrorism portfolio are development of armored vehicles, protecting energy infrastructure and protecting department offices and personnel in foreign lands.
IG report withdrawn
Under pressure from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, the Pentagon inspector general has taken the unusual step of withdrawing a report that exonerated the Pentagon of wrongdoing related to a program that used retired military officials in a public relations campaign.
Deputy Inspector General Donald M. Horstman stated in a May 5 memorandum that the report was taken down from the IG Web site because of unspecified “inaccuracies” related to data in an appendix on retired military analysts’ relations with defense contractors. The memo said an internal review found that the report failed to meet “quality standards” because it used Internet searches to check on corporate affiliations of military analysts involved in the program.
About the Author
Bill Gertz is geopolitics editor and a national security and investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
Mr. Gertz also writes a weekly column ...
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