A lot of press has been generated during the last week or so concerning reports that U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) has been manipulating intelligence given to it to show the fight against ISIS is going better than it really is or has been. The allegations are now being investigated by a Congressional joint task force (JTF). New information reveals that this has been going on since 2014, even though it was revealed by several analysts who felt they had to bring the truth of what was happening to light.
In general, the JTF determined that some senior CENTCOM officials had approved intelligence reports that had been manipulated to show a more positive picture of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts than what was actually happening on the ground. These reports were also shown to be more positive in nature than what other agencies were reporting. These actions, manipulating data, also caused many CENTCOM analysts to become dissatisfied with the leadership whom they believed to be distorting their work. During the time period in question, CENTCOM was under the command of Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who has since left this posting.
The JTF report did go on to say that the climate has improved since Army Gen. Joseph Votel assumed command last March. The JTF was established by the Chairmen of the House Armed Services Committee, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Subcommittee on Defense of the House Appropriations Committee. The JTF is currently being led by House Reps. Ken Calvert, Mike Pompeo, and Brad Wenstrup.
While manipulated intelligence can lead to a variety of negative outcomes, one that has many in Congress and military most upset is that diluted intelligence may have led to commanders in the field making combat decisions that were based on faulty information. This may have led to troops being placed in more danger than they would have been if true and accurate data had been delivered to field commanders.
The JTF investigation is still open and is now working with the Department of Defense Inspector General who is conducting its own investigation. You can access the full report here.
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