Palan­tir op­po­nent tops list to be mil­i­tary spy chief

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pretty big red line for many of the units in the field, of which 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion is cer­tainly the most vis­i­ble.

“Bot­tom line from our per­spec­tive is that [the Dis­trib­uted Com­mon Ground Sys­tem] has con­tin­u­ously over-promised and failed to de­liver on ca­pa­bil­ity that will meet the needs of the warfighter,” the of­fi­cer said.

No wrong­do­ing

The Times re­ported in July 2012 that Gen. Del­larocco re­tracted the as­sess­ment. Gen. Del­larocco re­tired in July.

The Army ap­pointed Lt. Gen. Wil­liam Grisoli, who now di­rects Gen. Odierno’s Pen­tagon staff, to in­ves­ti­gate the re­trac­tion of the test­ing com­mand as­sess­ment.

His Oc­to­ber 2012 re­port dis­closed that Gen. Legere was at the cen­ter of gen­er­at­ing a re­place­ment as­sess­ment and hav­ing the first as­sess­ment erased.

In a May 2, 2012, phone call, she told Gen. Del­larocco that the as­sess­ment should not rec­om­mend that Palan­tir, an un­of­fi­cial pro­gram, be in­cor­po­rated into the train­ing cur­ricu­lum. Based on that call, Gen. Del­larocco de­cided to with­draw the April re­port and is­sue a new one.

“He agreed to relook at all the rec­om­men­da­tions,” the in­ves­tiga­tive re­port quotes him as say­ing.

On June 28, 2012, Gen. Legere asked Gen. Del­larocco in an email whether he planned to erad­i­cate the first as­sess­ment.

The Grisoli re­port quotes Gen. Legere as writ­ing: “did you guys ever re­voke the ATEC re­port that en­cour­aged Palantier train­ing in [in­tel­li­gence school]? … I know you pub­lished an up­dated one, but it would have helped if you also pub­lished a re­vo­ca­tion of the last. Ap­par­ently, we have a few mem­bers of Con­gres­sional staffers now waiv­ing that in front of the CSA now as an Army en­dorse­ment of Palantier which his [ad­viser] is now get­ting him stirred up about. My guys in­di­cate yours did not re­voke, just cor­rected with a sec­ond re­port, with the ex­pla­na­tion that the first re­port as with all ATEC re­ports are not to be dis­sem­i­nated out­side Army.”

The next day, test­ing com­mand chiefs or­dered the April re­port de­stroyed.

Gen. Grisoli found no wrong­do­ing by Gen. Legere. “It is clear that MG Del­larocco did not feel any un­due or im­proper pres­sure from LTG Legere to change the 25 April re­port,” he wrote.

The re­port quotes Gen. Del­larocco say­ing that he felt “pro­fes­sion­ally com­fort­able speak­ing with her. At no time did I feel pres­sured to do any­thing.”

Gen. Legere told in­ves­ti­ga­tors “at no point did I in­tend to do any­thing to hin­der or in­flu­ence ATEC’s crit­i­cal mis­sion to the Army as its in­de­pen­dent test and eval­u­a­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Gen. Grisoli con­cluded: “I find that the changes made to the 25 April 2012 [for­ward oper­a­tional as­sess­ment] were not at­trib­ut­able to any­one at­tempt­ing to im­prop­erly ad­vance the Army’s DCGS-A pro­gram of record but, rather, to the ATEC lead­er­ship’s in­tent to en­sure that the [as­sess­ment] prop­erly re­flected the strengths and weak­nesses of Palan­tir and that the rec­om­men­da­tions in the re­port were in line with the re­port’s pur­pose.”

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