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.