Pentagon suspends retired military analyst briefings

WASHINGTON: The Defense Department indefinitely suspended its practice of holding private briefings for retired military analysts, following a recent New York Times report.

WASHINGTON: The Defense Department indefinitely suspended its practice of holding private briefings for retired military analysts, following a recent New York Times report. The article reported on the business dealings and lobbying activities of some retired officers who provide commentary to broadcast news outlets.

Bryan Whitman, deputy assistant secretary for media operations, told PRWeek that current managers of the public affairs program who brief retired military analysts on current operations denied ever "disinviting" any officer from briefings as a result of their negative commentary, contrary to claims by one retired officer in the Times story.

"Can I tell you that in the history of the program, someone suddenly didn't get an e-mail about a conference call? I don't know," Whitman said. "We're going to take a look at any practices in the past that need to be modified."

Robert Hastings, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, will conduct the review of the program soon, Whitman said.

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