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welcome to geico sportsnite. all that have been watching this evening. >> the commodores beat the bulldogs. this is kelli johnson and chick hernandez. let's talk more college hoops this evening. south florida making a visit to chinatown, facing the georgetown hoyas. freeman with the three ball. this time the big man, greg monroe gets into the act. georgetown leads by 9 at the half. you think it's over? no. second half here comes south florida. dominique jones, steefl and slam. the night would end with the sweet move by jones and it was tough to keep up with jones on the night. he had 29. south florida, ladies and gentlemen, pulls the up set with a 72-64 road win.
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>> i don't exactly know what happened tonight. i think we definitely wasn't looking backwards. we were definitely looking forward. as a team, you have to be more focused on games like this. >> the best win in our school history in basketball to be an outstanding team -- beat an outstanding team like georgetown. i have no idea if they were enjoying duke or looking at villanova. i have no idea but i know that we played really well. we played really hard. we became the more aggressive team in the second half. and i thought down the stretch, we just fought through it to get the win. . >> reporter: the acc. tony bennett and the cavaliers looking for a regular season sweep of the nc state wolf pack. landisburg with the off balance jumper, 17-14, uva. 7 points for landisburg. the first he didn't finish in
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double figures this season. more cavaliers. the long distance 334 and the icing on the cake. virginia on the break. fair kahn with the foul. virginia wins 5-47. the cavs regain a first place tooil tie with duke atop the acc at 5-2 sgrfrnlths acteristically sloppy the last time they hit the floor. shooting just 35% from the field. what was worse were the 26 turnovers committed in a loss to clemson this past weekend. tomorrow night here in tallahassee to take on the resurgent squad. joe sorensen with the head interpret. >> reporter: the gary williams report brought to you by subway. eat fresh. >> reporter: so first of all, coming off that clemson game, kind of an anomaly for you. 26 turnovers but yet you hold them to 32% shooting. how do you approach a game like that with your team.
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do you approach it like yes, it is an anomaly, let's forget about it and move on? >> yes. that's what we try to do. in the middle of the game you don't have time to dwell on the previous season even if it's a goodwin. certainly, florida state there is enough to work on that doesn't allow you -- right after the game you'd like to kill the team but the next day you start getting a little more rational and start realizing that you can't do anything about that. you just have to have two good practices getting ready for florida state. >> reporter: facing florida state they've won 3 of 4 now. four weeks ago you guys beat them. is this a different team now that you see in them? >> they've narrowed it down to where they're playing like seven people. i think that's the biggest difference. they've got their seven and rotate that. they're seven good players. so i understand why they've done it. we have to be able to use our nine. we're in a nine-man rotation and we have to be able to do that.
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it's going to be who plays their game. hopefully our game what we played in the first five games of the league play where we really did a good job and against clemson our defense was still there but there wasn't any offense and we turned the ball over way too many times. you can't do that on the road and expect to win. >> reporter: to the nfl, miami may be the cure to what ails dwight freeny's sprained ankle. he has strengthenenning his ankle walking on the beach and he says it's feeling better after getting the blood flowing but he's questionable for sunday's super bowl. today in washington post live emmett smith gave advice to redskins' clinton portis on how to climb back into being one of the game's elite runners. >> i think it's time for him to change his work out regimen. he needs to find a steep hill or incline in the d.c. area and run up it starting next month. just to set the foundation to get his legs underneath
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him, to create the endurance that he needs, and i think that will take his game to a whole 'nother left. with shanahan coming in, he understands that offense and what it can do for him as a running back and the overall offense, the washington redskins. so he just needs to change his regimen, maybe change his eating habits. i don't know what he's doing but i'm just saying just change things up and do things differently than what you've done in your past. still ahead, the wizards had a hard time in the big apple tonight. we'll head back to new york for more. caps fans were fearing the worst but to their surprise, jose theodore has answered the callthen some ico ues r th
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if you want free caps tickets go to to register for the lightning game march 4th. enter key words caps. tomorrow night the caps travel to new york looking to extend their record win streak to 12 games. you can see that game right here on the network. washington will lean on its goaltender, jose theodore who set a personal benchmark with his 8th straight win between the pipes last night. he stopped 41 bruins shots. even the teammates had to admit without theodore the caps would have lost this game. theodore has been playing some of the best hockey of his career during the caps' winning streak. he's never won eight games in a row before and he's
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and, we work, we get every eighth day off usually. if we are not needed, we get to sleep then, do it deborah. >> what do you do one you eighth day off? peace leap mostly, and then you know a lot of us-- it is pretty exhausting, so we sleep and it is pretty much all there is to do. sleep and eat. >> it is a hospital sort of combined both medical care and evacuation role, so there's actually a tense, a rather lavishly equipped tent outside of all hospital. when the troops come in. they receive the care they need and then when they are fairly healthy and stable there moved into the tent awaiting a flight and if wisely frequently. it is hard to catch these guys for interviews because they moved out so quickly.
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>> ours sap is responsible for launching missions with patience and recovery missions that come to this deal. basically we provide 24-hour nursing care for patients making sure they have preparations for flight. we have medications, food, diets, their luggage. make sure they are precht and packaged and clinically ready to fly. as the patient numbers have increased, we have identified the need-- was a good idea. actually helps lessen the burden of the hospital so instead of the hospital holding the amount of patience they normally do they can put these patients out here earlier and the patients can stage out here. >> how much did it take to take the wounded warrior to, from forward to operating basis or's
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or sans to bagram here, get fixed up and then fly them back to germany so hopefully they will go back to see their families in the state's. >> you are basically in charge of the intensive care unit in the back of an airplane? >> yes, it is a five person crew set up like a many hospital. >> what is the toughest part of your job? >> the toughest part of a job is these, seeing these young kids being heard. >> how you cope with that stress? >> crew integrity. we do a vote is a crew. it is my family away from my regular home family. >> you spend a lot of time in the back of these airplanes with these different patience. do you build up a rapport with the patients? >> definitely. i mean, they are great guys. they are like brothers, so you sit there and the conversation can be anything. bajis start talking to you and sometimes tell you what happened
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then sometimes they tell you about how they got blown up and sometimes they tell you about their family. they are just awesome guys. could talk to them for hours. >> you had one particularly memorable mission. can you tell me about that? >> we got a verdict for unusual mission to go down to take patients from here to kandahar in afghanistan, and my crew, we were taking the patient's back to bagram airbase, 20 minutes out over the wire our c-130 caught on fire. so what we did was, we used our check list. mike crew, absolutely did a great job. we set everyone up to do an emergency landing which we went back to kandahar and did emergency landing, did an emergency egress which means we took the patients as safely as possible off of the aircraft.
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there was actually, we are told that the aircraft was smoking on the way down landing the aircraft. there wasn't any really time to think. mike crew actually did everything right that was possibly, that could be to the checklist. got the patients out safely. we had actually to patients that we actually had to walk the patients, some of the patients off and my crewmembers went back on the aircraft to get these patients off. and a actually did a great job. saving those guys that day. >> the rules are you are only supposed to treat afghan civilians if they were injured in combat. so, if u.s. troops accidently hurt them or the taliban hurt them, then they are eligible for free u.s. medical care but the doctors there kind of fudge the rules because it is this the right thing to do so if you can
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make it to baghra manned you are hurt, you are an afghan civilian and your courage they will do what they can for you. a great example of that is a 6-year-old girl. back in march, her house was hit by what appears to be a white phosphorous shell which is then incendiary kind of like a palm. aidid sticky and it burns. probably in need of shell because the taliban probably does not have white phosphorous. the u.s. and nato use this stuff all the time so somebody accidently hit her house with a white phosphorous shell. and burned the house, killed some of the family, and she was burned over half of her body. and her father brought her to bagram. actually i'm not sure if he brought her the first time. she may have been medically evacuate by u.s. forces but now he brings her to bagram on a
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regular basis for care. she is getting the skin grafts and reconstructive surgery. this little girl needs help, because not only is her care going to be a very long term delicate thing, her future in afghanistan is pretty bleak. afghan women for the most part have one thing, their society lets them to. unless you are a cobble president and you are well educated and you have a way out, most don't so afghan women grow up and they get married off and that is what they do. but she can't even do that. she will never marry, not when she looks the way she does. i had some people contact me and say i can arrange free legal services for her family to get her out of the country, to get her some sort of refugees that is so that she can leave and get care and settle somewhere. the u.s. or europe or wherever
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but it is almost impossible to make that happen because her family has to handle the process, fill out the paperwork, signed things and handle the communication. it is not easy and her father is a literate. not only that, he doesn't have a cell phone orrin emile dress for that matter and there is no reliable way to contact him. people can only talk to him when he shows up at the bagram hospital with her in tow and you find an interpreter and try to explain this to them. it is almost impossible to do so this poor girl is going to receive excellent care as long as she is able to go to bagram and as long as the u.s. or nato is there but when that ends, what happens? [speaking in native tongue] >> i think the research that is most critically needed here right now are generic confident
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physicians who can go out into the communities and give basic health care and teach physicians to do good health care in the communities. i think that level of health care for the broad population is the most critically needed right now and it is a great honor to be able to do complex surgery's and take care of dramatically injured patients but the real need is basic health care for the country. >> freelance journalist david axe visited bagram airbase late last year. to watch more programs made with the video interviews on this trip visit our web site at in the search box in the upper right-hand corner type axe. >> now a hearing on sexual assault in the military. the house armed services subcommittee on military personnel hears from a special defense department task force studying the issue. this is a little less than an hour.
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[inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon. today the military personnel subcommittee meets to receive the report of the defense task force on sexual assault in the military services. the task force was created by the national defense authorization act from 2005 as an extension of the defense task force on sexual harassment and violence that the military service academies. we are very pleased if he were here. we are very pleased you completed your report. we know you got started a little after that initial 2005 authorization, certainly not the task force's fault, but we are glad that it commenced in that you really did a tremendous work that you did. thank you so much for that.
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sexual assault is a complex problem. it does not lend itself to a single hearing. last year, we set out to continue our examination of sexual assault in the military by starting a series of hearings on individual subjects of members and witnesses could have in-depth discussions about various issues to build towards a comprehensive understanding of the problem. this in turn will guide our deliberations on what can and should be done next. the first of hearings of the series look that victim advocacy and support as well as the prevention programs put in place by the department of defense. our next hearing was to focus solely on prosecution of sexual assaults in the military. but since the defense task force on sexual assault in the military service released their deport-- reporting december we have decided to have this hearing to fully extend their findings and recommendations. wanted thank the task force co-chairs for the debt, the brett, the thoughtfulness and
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quality of this report. this is exactly the type of well research report we hoped for when we create these task forces in law, complete with comprehensive and practical recommendations. i certainly cannot promise that all of your recommendations will be implemented, nor that those that are implemented will be done exactly as you have put forth, but i can assure you that each and everyone will be carefully reviewed and considered by the subcommittee. i certainly don't want to steal any of your thunder from the witnesses but there is a recurring theme in their report that needs to be mentioned from the outset. while the department has done much in recent years to address sexual assault in the military, much more remains to be done. think phillippe due to the work of this task force and others we have a much clearer understanding of the problem. it is important that the make significant improvements to how
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the department deals with sexual assault and that we all do what we can to avoid inadvertently making things worse. sexual assault is an pathetical to the trust and camaraderie that defined military culture. any sexual assault undermines the moral foundation of our armed forces and does irreparable harm to unit cohesion. hopefully today's hearing will help bust chart a legislative course to make progress in our goal to eliminate sexual assaults in the military. we have with us to distinguished members of the task force, rear admiral iasiello is the former chief of navy chaplains and served as one of the task force co-chairs. brigadier general dunbar is the director of force management policy for the air force and served as the senior military member of the task force. we certainly welcome you here. i wanted to mention that i would
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ask that mr.-- participate in today's hearing in be able to ask questions after the subcommittee members have had an opportunity to do that. i now turn to mr. wilson for any of his comments. >> thank you madam chair. i join you in welcoming our witnesses and thanked them and the other task force members and staff for the excellent work in a report concerning a very difficult, pork none challenging set of issues. this report is comprehensive, the hilbun kylie insightful as to how much it needs to be done to ensure the military culture adequately appropriately and effectively addresses the issues related to sexual assault. certainly the report cites many instances of best practices to illustrate progress has been made and is being made. among those best practices are the efforts at fort jackson, which is in the second district of south carolina that i
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represent, the army's largest gender integrated initial entry training center where sexual assault is addressed within the first two days of training. overall however the report cites serious shortcomings in the strategic direction prevention and training, response to victims and accountability efforts of the department of defense and the military services. for the more the report is critical of the well-intentioned effort by congress to create a new comprehensive article 120 of the uniform code of military justice. practitioners see it is cumbersome, confusing and a barrier and in some cases to convictions. also significant issues that involved related to the articles of constitutionality. implementation challenges of dod policies and practices during deployed to come a joint operations overseas and in joint situations in the united states.
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this is sad that nearly 65 years after world war ii demonstrated the military necessity to expand the roles for women in the military and continuous efforts by congress to facilitate the integration and assimilation of women into the military, we are here today to receive yet another report that clearly indicates so much still needs to be done. i believe the office of this report provide most of the answers to my questions. i quote, the task force believes culture change is essential for military services to improve how they prevent and address sexual assault. the lesson we should take away from this report is that culture change is hard, difficult and neither smith nor quick. it is a process requiring an during commitment to change over the long term. in net fein i'm sure this subcommittee will energetically pursued support the task force recommendations but i would also caution that as the subcommittee
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begins to address other issues, that will require significant military cultural changes that i have seen in my 31 years of army national guard service, such change will not be easy or quick like the ebbers to change military culture with regard to assimilation and integration of women likely to be disrupted and difficult for many years not withstand the assurances to the contrary of some advocates for change. thank you madam chair for holding this hearing. i look forward to the testimony of our witnesses. >> thank you. dr. iasiello would you like to proceed? >> chairwoman davis, ranking member wilson and other distinguished members, thank you for this opportunity to present the work of the defense task force on sexual assault in military service. is co-chairs we are honored to be here to discuss the recommendations and findings of the task force membership and staff. given the fact that our formal
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statements have been forwarded to you we will keep our opening comments very brief. as regards to the task force authority, as the chairwoman has already mentioned, the congress directed the task force of the established in 2005 by the defense authorization act and it was established by the secretary of defense in august of 2008. the task force employed an extensive methodology inflame both quantitative and qualitative measures. over a period of 15 months, we have visited more than 60 military installations, conas and nea o.r.. we interviewed more than 3500 individuals, 61 victims of sexual assault, a senior military and civilian d.o.t. leadership, sexual assaults response coordinated, a victim advocates and there of course their supervisors. witkin to be the first responders to sexual assault, the doctors, the lawyers, the
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chaplains, the military police, the dod investigative services. as well as all prior reports on sexual assault leading up to our work. at the completion of our work we submitted our report to the secretary of defense december 1, 20009. the task force focused on three distinct get interrelated areas. victim response, prevention and training, accountability and strategic oversight. first off the report recognizes the progress made by the department of defense and the area of victim response. since the inauguration of the program in 2005. we believe that the recommendations contained in our report will significantly improve these programs in this critical area of victim response. next in the area of strategic direction, the task force recommends that the deputy secretary of defense take
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responsibility for the office for a period of one year and until the secretary of defense apprises congress that the program is meeting its established schools. we further recommend the program be given a more permanent complexion. the department of defense needs to communicate the message that the program is here to stay. and illustrate that resolve for designated funding and its d.o.t. or budgeting process. the task force recommends that the organizational design, personnel and mission of the dod office be revised to strategically believe in this critical area. we recommend the establishment of a uniform terminology and forestructure to be implemented across service lines. the task force recommends the professionalization of victum that the kids to ensure for qualified personnel with national certification and
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recommend that the sexual assault response corda aiders be either dod personnel or uniformed personnel. the task force recommends the development of subsequent metrics which will enable the dod to more accurately measure the health of a sapra programs and find in the area of strategic direction the task force strongly bekka men's funding for sapra research in collaboration with civilian experts throughout the country such as those found in the world of academia, echaveste groups and other federal agencies. and now i would like to turn the microphone over to my esteemed colleague, dr. sharon dunbar. >> chairwoman davis, congressman wilson and other distinguished members as a senior uniformed member of the task force they appreciate the opportunity to come before you to talk about the findings and recommendations of the report. based upon the 15 month review
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that the hat several themes clearly emerged. first prevention, that sexual assault should be the number one goal to prevent the devastating impact sexual assault says on member, his or her unit, the readiness of his or her gannett as well as the end of mining effects sexual assault has said on the reputation of our armed forces. second there needs to be greater consistency among each of the services because of the jointness, which we see our operations today, a joint basing as well as some floyd operations taking place. there also distinct differences between our components, active and reserve. we did not have time to fully address these differences which is why we recommend dod undertake a separate review. the availability and consistency of data also remains a concern for us. finally in the area of response, a notable improvement in that area but additional improvements
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have we have discussed our clearly needed. in the realm of prevention in training, prevention and if we accepted as a top priority in addition to providing support for victim advocates and key to combatting sexual assault, we would say the sapra office needs to establish a clear overall-- overarching strategy. we understand they have since developed and overarching prevention strategy in so its implementation will be key to the success of the response program. in addition they overarching prevention strategy will allow greater consistency among services and drive them into having uniform terms and conditions, positions and approaches for addressing this particular issue. under that prevention strategy, bystander intervention is a very clear area where the department defense and the military services have made tremendous strides but we would argue that the overarching prevention strategies tells us much more. it encompasses success in terms
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of safety, facility location, the issues we saw in the ao are. it is also encompassing a community awareness, leadership emphasis and involvement. to a certain extent we have seen that were is and all the success of the program is much more effective. stemming from looking at the senior leadership of the military services, holding annual summits addressing sexual assault, prevention and response to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff video which we saw when we travel to aor, doing them at the lowest level unit in addressing sexual assaults prevention and response. the leadership sets the tone. we also would say that sexual assault from the standpoint of prevention, the strategy that we would like to see will guide initiatives, the process, the training in the public outreach that is required to address the issue which would also enable
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the military services and the department defense to better leverage and partner with outside experts and addressing the issue. that affects not just those serving in the military services but all of our society as well. and the training arena we would argue that in order to be effective the training that is currently conducted must be more tailored and developmental and nature. taylor to both military and civilian personnel over the course of their service, taylor to maturity levels and skill levels. improving awareness should be one of the key aspects of training. addressing the frequency of incidents, addressing victim and perpetrator risk factors from age, alcohol location the quaintance versus strange, gearson versus deployed in risky behavior in general. the training should address myths, the myths that are out there that are prevalent and accepted by members of society as well as members of our military services. and we would also argue the training needs to be less
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narrowly focused on women. because that makes it all the more difficult for male victims to come forward. we all know that the ability of male victims to report is much less. is very difficult for any victim of sexual assault to come forward but currently they training tends to be more geared towards females then encompassing any individual who might become a victim of sexual assault. we would also argue that the training needs to be more specialized and recurring. first responders and sarks victim advocate specific to the gender of the victum as well as investigators and prosecutors in order for us to be able to improve successful prosecution of sexual assault. as well as specialized training for leadership as the mentioned at all levels of service. in the victim response area as we have said much as been done in order to improve what we are doing there but some of the areas we see additional improvement is in providing the
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immediate victim support from the first responders, the community-based support and victim advocacy as well as from just general safer access, contact numbers and accessibility. all those are key for a victim to know any standardized way if there serving whether disconus or a deployed in our image exactly who they go to come up with bicking going were to receive the care and treatment they need. we heard consistently victims are dissatisfied with the treatment they received during the investigative process and we make a number of recommendations in order to improve how these victims are treated in order to ensure that they are able to receive support from a certified come a very well-trained victim of the kids come into being able to get advice from a qualified military attorney to also providing them with privileged communication which we see as necessary in order to encourage more victims to come forward. and longer-term support is something obviously we need to
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be looking at beyond and individual service and the military. we could not fully address this particular area but we would offer that is an area up to further explore. accountability, we took a look at the system accountability as well as-- and found we need improvements in terms of the database, terms of the reliability and validity of the data submitted to congress and the annual report. we have concern over the sufficiency of the funding in order to ensure timely delivery of the much-needed database and the service's ability to provide the data to be integrated into a database which allows the opportunity for members of congress as well as the department defense to the trend analysis of sexual assault. in the accountability area we also address leadership accountability. the need for commanders to address more openly the issue of sexual assault that the unit level. as the mentioned we have seen it addressed at the senior bubbles and services to include the
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chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and we have seen it very successfully addressed in some unit locations but we would argue much more needs to be done in this area. britting discussion of sexual assault by a unit commanders helped to continue to increase awareness. reinforce commanders stance on the tolerance of sexual assault in the unit and instills confidence in the system and the intention given to it. we outlined a number of the best practices, 15 are listed. no doubt there many more best practices out there beyond the locations were able to visit. there is much that is going on that is very positive within the dod in the military services and i think the sapra office these take a look at what all those best practices are in integrate those into prevention strategies currently addressing. in closing i would say on behalf of the task force members, some of whom had been addressing the issue of sexual assault for decades now we thank you for your leadership on this issue your concern an invitation to speak before you today.
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dr. iasiello and i stand by to take any questions you might have. >> thank you very much. appreciate your thoughtfulness throughout this. one of the recommendations that you had an especially as we move forward is to place the sexual assault prevention and response office under the deputy secretary of defense for least a year and you thought that would give them a chance to kind of uprise what is happening. our experience has been that they just aren't really in a position to be able to do that, that it is not the staff, they are not designed for that kind of oversight. i am wondering if you have any additional thoughts about that, if you feel that you looked at that and felt that that was the only way to give this the kind of stature perhaps that we are looking for. how can we look to that? there is some concern that they are just not ready to do


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