Palantir opponent tops list to be military spy chief
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.
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.”