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Fort Monroe General Loses 4 Stars in Secret Controversy

The cover story for the abrupt firing of 4 star general Kevin P. Byrnes was "sexual misconduct". Byrnes was an expert on simulation of battle situations using the latest technology. His publications in military journals have served to explain the future direction of the US Military. There are indications that he had become disenchanted with the direction "virtual reality" had taken, and that his severence from the military may have been for reasons far more profound than a sex scandal.
General Byrnes assumed the duties of commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, on November 7, 2002. In an interview by Military Training technology on April 22, 2004 he explained his role...
"...even before operations in Iraq began, advisers from our schools and the Battle Command Training Program deployed to units to help them get ready for deployment, sharing and rehearsing everything we know about the contemporary operating environment and the warfare we would shortly be engaged in, specifically the urban environment and safeguarding against terrorist attacks.
...which depends upon the US being at war far into the future:
The Futures Center is the lead for Army Transformation, and I serve as the executive agent for this task on behalf of the Army's chief of staff. Although TRADOC has long been the architect of the future, prior to the creation of the Futures Center, we lacked unity of command with regard to development of the Future Force. The center was formed to synchronize and integrate Army capabilities with joint, interagency and multinational capabilities. It is the Army's entry point into joint concept development, experimentation and requirement generation. The Futures Center's responsibilities include the development of system-of-systems and family-of-systems architectures, and the development of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leader development, personnel and facilities solutions that sustain the readiness of the current force and integrate these capabilities within the capabilities of the Future Force.

Byrnes is a veteran of Vietnam, ranks third in seniority among 4 star army generals, and has a spotless record. He is known as a man of undoubted loyalty to his country

yesterday, CNN reproted:

A two-sentence statement issued by Army headquarters in the Pentagon said Byrnes had been relieved of his position. It gave no reason except to say, "The investigation upon which this relief is based is undergoing further review to determine the appropriate final disposition of this matter."
The rumors of sexual misconduct that have spread so quickly on the internet are all based on one sentence in the CNN report:
The Army announced no specific allegation against Byrnes, but a senior official said it involved unspecified sexual misconduct. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the allegation.

Given Byrnes' history, I find it difficult to lend much credence to this explanation.

It is not unlikely that Byrnes, like numerous loyal officers of rank, found himself at odds with direction the military has taken under the leadership of Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld.

Rumsfeld offered no comments, and Byrnes was "unavailable" according to the CNN report.

David Roknich
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Hehehe... 11.Aug.2005 20:24

Tony Blair's dog

"The rumors of sexual misconduct that have spread so quickly on the internet are all based on one sentence in the CNN report:

The Army announced no specific allegation against Byrnes, but a senior official said it involved unspecified sexual misconduct. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the allegation."

Could that "senior official" be Rove?

Chickenhwak alert 11.Aug.2005 21:01

Expat

Rove's not in the Army. Almost none of these Nazi swine have served (without going AWOL, that is). They just use others for "cannon fodder" (or whatever the hi-tech equivalent is these days..."DU dustmops"?)

"Rove's not in the Army." 12.Aug.2005 06:20

Tony Blair's dog

Nowhere in the article does it say that the official was in the army.

It says:

"The Army announced no specific allegation against Byrnes,..."
(the army is silent on the subject)

then;

"but a senior official said it involved unspecified sexual misconduct. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the allegation."

Which can be an official elsewhere, like in the White House or Pentagon.

Could It Be That... 13.Aug.2005 12:14

Roland

Byrnes was fired because as head of Army recruitment, the program has been a dismal failure on his watch?

I think the TBD has it on this point already? read 14.Aug.2005 17:36

me

To Roland: interesting theory, though it would hardly explain why no one is commenting in the Pentagon officially on why he was fired. The only story about "sex" is not coming from the military. It's true that he has crossed the neocons, though the circumstances of his firing/arrest bespeak much more than this, particularly with him at the "nuke terror drill" location.