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'Abuse, Harassment, Intimidation, And Threats': A New Complaint Details Weird Times At The National Defense University — Again
Well, it seems they haven’t gone away, according to a statement I received recently about a situation at one of NDU’s subsidiary outfits, the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly known as the Industrial College of the Armed Forces).
The nine-page complaint I have here on my desk, filed by a faculty member named James Hasik, is mainly about a department chair Hasik found abusive, in the form of what he terms “a steady stream of abuse, harassment, intimidation, and threats.”
Hasik had only joined the school in September 2017 but claims he found himself carrying an unusually heavy teaching and administrative load, especially for a newcomer. “The Eisenhower School is regrettably short on accomplished academics in business and economics,” he wrote in the complaint.
That’s a concern because the mission of the school is to teach military officers about mobilizing the U.S. economy for war. Or, as the school’s website puts it, to prepare “military officers and civilians for strategic leadership and success in developing national security strategy and in evaluating, marshaling, and managing resources in the execution of that strategy.”
The department chair, a former Romanian diplomat, is depicted in Hasik’s statement as a conspiriatorial plotter. Hasik says that early in his time at the school, the chair told him that “he was seeking to engineer the removal of our then-dean of faculty and economics, Professor Mark Troutman.”
In June of this year, when Hasik finally went to Dean Troutman to complain, he states, the dean told him he “himself had just resigned, under pressure from the commandant.”
Hasik then went to the provost, who told him to go to Leigh Ann Massey, NDU’s chief of civilian personnel. I don’t know what she did with Hasik’s allegations. I e-mailed her the other day, to ask her whether she finds his statements credible and if so, what has been done. She didn’t respond to me, but I heard back on Friday from NDU’s public affairs officer, who sent me this statement:
NDU strives to provide a positive work environment for all employees and takes seriously any allegations of behavior that could undermine a positive, productive workplace. Once informed of Dr. Hasik's concerns, NDU leadership directed an independent inquiry into the Eisenhower School’s workplace environment. This inquiry did not substantiate the allegations but did reveal opportunities to improve the workplace environment. NDU Vice-President then directed the new Eisenhower School commandant, who took over in September, to take action on the inquiry's findings and recommendations in order to improve the workplace climate at the Eisenhower School; those actions are in progress.
That’s good federal bureaucratic mush—they didn’t find problems, they found opportunities! I followed up by asking just what actions have been taken. If they tell me anything, I’ll post it in the comments on this item.
On the face of it, this lingering situation appears to me to be inconsistent with NDU’s stated goal that it “shall always foster and promote a culture of trust, honesty, and ethical conduct.”
At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.
Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an "increase in nationwide activity" by self-described "incels," members of an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.
The brief was first made public via a screenshot posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Tuesday. An Air Force spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot to Task & Purpose.
"The screenshot was taken from a Joint Base Andrews Intel brief created following basic threat analysis on an increase in nationwide activity by the group," 11th Wing spokesman Aletha Frost told Task & Purpose in an email.
A Navy installation blasted 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at high volume for 3 days straight, scaring the crap out of its neighbors
From Long Beach to Huntington Beach, residents were greeted Saturday, June 15, at precisely 8 a.m. with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Then 12 hours later, the "Retreat" bugle call bellowed throughout Seal Beach and beyond.
At first, people wondered if the booming sound paid tribute to Flag Day, June 14. Seal Beach neighbors bordering Los Alamitos assumed the music was coming from the nearby Joint Forces Training Base.
But then it happened again Sunday. And Monday. Folks took to the Nextdoor social media app seeking an answer to the mystery.
Key witness says Eddie Gallagher stabbed wounded ISIS fighter in the neck but does not remember specifics
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.
Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."
In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.
Navy SEAL under investigation for allegedly manipulating (and hitting on) the widow of the Green Beret he helped kill
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.