DoD withdraws report that cleared public affairs analyst program

ARLINGTON, VA: The Department of Defense (DoD) said in a statement on May 5 that it would withdraw a report that cleared a DoD public affairs program which used retired military officers with ties to defense contractors as media analysts.

ARLINGTON, VA: The Department of Defense (DoD) said in a statement on May 5 that it would withdraw a report that cleared a DoD public affairs program which used retired military officers with ties to defense contractors as media analysts.

The statement noted that there were inaccuracies in the January 14 report and the DoD was conducting an independent internal review.

From the February 2 issue of PRWeek: "The internal investigation found that the Pentagon's public affairs strategy on outside analysts, although framed in a negative light last April in a New York Times report, is in compliance with the law and the department's own policies."

The Times' David Barstow, who won a Pulitzer Prize this year for reporting on the program, noted that it was a "highly unusual reversal" for the DoD's inspector general's office.

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