Final Project Briefing and RAND Report Published
In this chapter, Dr. Cole provides a first-hand account of how the results of an archive research project were subjected to a politicized review process.
Peer reviewers stated that it was in the “national interest” to publish Dr. Cole’s report, which was critical of the US-Russia Joint Commission (USRJC). A low-level Navy officer working for the USRJC who denounced the report as unprofessional accused Dr. Cole of bias and being unfit. RAND management accused Dr. Cole of slandering the head of the Russian side of the USRJC.
The commander of Task Force Russia, Major General Bernard Loeffke, presented Dr. Cole with an award and letter of commendation for his contribution to the POW/MIA accounting program.