- The Washington Times - Friday, November 30, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has received a memo from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff offering recommendations on ethics training for senior general and flag officers, Pentagon press secretary George Little said Friday.

Mr. Panetta will review the recommendations and brief the president in coming days, Mr. Little said, adding that the defense chief probably will probably have something to say publicly later.

“We haven’t determined how we’re going to release information on the review,” he added.

Mr. Panetta last month asked Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to review current ethics training in the wake of several scandals involving high-ranking military officials.


One of the most notable: David H. Petraeus, a retired four-star Army general, resigned as CIA director last month after admitting to an extramarital affair.

“The secretary believes that the vast majority of flag officers comport themselves the way they should,” Mr. Little said. “But there have been some instances where some officers have fallen short of the standards he demands.”