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Military scandals
cause leaders to urge
reform in ethics

Cheating, fraud,
sexual assault all
cited by Defense
Secretary as issues
- Concerned that ethical
problems inside the military
might run deeper than he
realized, Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel ordered service
leaders Wednesday to add
urgency to their drive to ensure
"moral character and moral
courage" in a force emerging
from more than a decade of war.
Almost a year into his tenure
as Pentagon chief, Hagel had
been worried by a string of
ethics scandals that produced
a wave of unwelcome publicity
for the military. But in light
of new disclosures this week,
including the announcement of
alleged cheating among senior
sailors in the nuclear Navy,
Hagel decided to push for a
fuller accounting.
Last month the Air Force
revealed it was investigating
widespread cheating on
proficiency tests among nuclear
missile launch officers in
Montana, and numerous senior
officers in all branches of the
armed forces have been caught
in embarrassing episodes of
personal misbehavior, inside and
outside the nuclear force. The
Air Force also is pursuing a drug
use investigation.
At the same time, hundreds
of soldiers and others are
under criminal investigation
in what the Army describes
as a widespread scheme to
take fraudulent payments and
kickbacks from a National Guard
recruiting-program. - - -
The steady drumbeat of one
military ,ethics- scandal after
another has caused many to
conclude that the misbehavior
reflects more than routine lapses.
"He definitely sees this as a

spokesman, Navy Rear Adm.
John Kirby, told a Pentagon
news conference Wednesday
after Hagel met privately with
the top uniformed and civilian
officials of the Army, Navy, Air
Force and Marine Corps.
"And he's concerned about
the depth of it," Kirby said. "I
don't think he could stand here
and tell you that he has - that
anybody has - the full grasp
here, and that's what worries
(Hagel) is that maybe he doesn't
have the full grasp of the depth
of the issue, and he wants to
better understand it."
Hagel's predecessor, Leon
Panetta, had launched an effort
to crack down on ethics failures
more than a year ago, and the
matter has been a top priority for
the chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey,
for even longer.
Kirby said Hagel has come
to realize that he needs to
investigate as well.
"We don't fully know right
now what we're grappling with
here and how deep and serious
it is," Kirby said. "And I think,
you know, for a leader at his level
with the responsibilities that he
carries every day. not knowing
something like that is something
to be concerned about. And he
wants to know more."
Hagel believes that the vast
majority of military members
are "brave, upright and honest,"
and he is encouraged by efforts
already under way to curb
misconduct, including sexual
assaults, Kirby said.
But Hagel told the service
leaders Wednesday that he
"also believes there must be
more urgency behind these
efforts" and that all Pentagon
leaders must "put renewed
emphasis on developing moral
character and moral courage in
our force.'
Kirby was asked whether
Hagel believes ethics lapses are
a symptom of over-use of the
military for the long wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan.

"He believes that that is a
factor that should be looked at,"
the spokesman said.
A significant portion of
the concern about military
misbehavior is aimed at two
segments of the nuclear force:
the Air Force's land-based
nuclear missile corps, and the
Navy's training program for
operators of nuclear reactors
used as propulsion systems for
submarines and aircraft carriers.
Neither of those fields was directly
involved in significant ways in
either of the wars since 2001.
The Navy announced on
Tuesday that it had opened
an investigation into cheating
allegations against about 30 senior
of its instructors at a Charleston,
S.C.,-basedschoolfornaval nuclear
power reactor operators.
Unlike an Air Force cheating
probe that has implicated nearly
100 officers responsible for land-
based nuclear missiles that stand
ready for short-notice launch,
those implicated in the Navy
investigationhaveno responsibility
for nuclear weapons.
The Navy said its implicated
sailors are accused of having
cheated on written tests they
must pass to be certified as
instructors at the nuclear
propulsion school. A number
of them are alleged to have
transmitted test information
to other instructors from their
home computers, which if verified
would be aviolationofrestrictions
on the use and transmission of
classified information.
The matter is being probed by
the Naval Criminal Investigative
Separately, Kirby announced
that the Pentagon has picked
two retired officers to lead an
independent review of personnel
problems inside the Air Force
and Navy nuclear forces. They
are Larry Welsh, a former Air
Force chief of staff, and John
Harvey, a retired Navy admiral
and nuclear-trained surface
warfare officer.

Violin virtuoso and Grammy award winner, Itzhak Perlman, left, is seen holding his 1714 Soil Stradivarius violin and review-
ing the music with Conductor Per Brevig in rehearsal with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, at the University of Texas.
Robbers steal 299-year-old,
$5 million Stradivarius violin

Known as one of the
best, instrument is
one of only 600 to
850 remaining
lin virtuoso Frank Almond was
walking to his car after an eve-
ning performance at the Wis-
consin Lutheran College when
someone jumped out of a van,
shocked him with a stun gun and
seized the rare and extremely
valuable Stradivarius on loan to
The robber got back into the
waiting vehicle, which sped off.
Almond, who'd been knocked
to the ground, wasn't seriously
hurt. But he was devastated by
the loss of the violin, which was
crafted in 1715 and has been
appraised for insurance purposes
at $5 million.
The brazen Jan. 27 crime set
off a frantic search and raised
questions about why someone
would steal an item that would be
nearly impossible to sell. Would-
be buyers in the tiny market for
rare violins would certainly know
it was stolen, and keeping it in
hiding would mean never getting
to show it off.
The case in which Almond
kept the instrument was found,
and the Milwaukee Symphony

Orchestra announced someone
was offering $100,000 for the
instrument's safe return. But
there weren't any breaks in the
robbery until this week, when
prosecutors confirmed Wednes-
day that three people had been
arrested in connection with the
However, Police Chief Ed
Flynn said at an afternoon
news conference that authori-
ties haven't recovered the violin,
and he hoped the reward would
induce the public to come for-
ward with tips.
"It's a reasonable supposition
that it's still in our jurisdiction,"
Flynn said. He declined to go into
Kent Lovern, a Milwaukee
County assistant district attor-
ney, said he didn't expect a charg-
ing decision would be made
before Thursday.
Flynn said the suspects were
two men, ages 41 and 36, and a
32-year-old woman. He wouldn't
say how police tracked them
down, but he said there was phys-
ical evidence linking them to the
Flynn also wouldn't speculate
on a motive, although he said the
suspects seemed to be working
for themselves, not on behalf of a
larger art-theft ring. He also said
one had a previous association
with art crime.
The violin is known in musi-

cal circles as the "Lipinski"
Stradivarius. Its previous own-
ers include virtuoso Giuseppe
Tartini, who was known for his
"Devil's Trill" Sonata, and Polish
violinist Karol Lipinski.
It was passed down through
generations, eventually landing
with the heirs of Estonian violin-
ist Evi Liivak, according to Stefan
Hersh a Chicago-based violin
curator who helped restore it to
playing condition after it was
removed from storage in a bank
vault in 2008. The current own-
er's name has not been revealed
Hersh, a friend of Almond's,
said he used to watch how care-
fully Almond would care for the
violin. While some musicians
see their instruments as objects
or tools, Almond understood
the historical significance of the
Lipinski, Hersh said.
"He had a special case made
for it, he kept it highly protected
in his car, he never let it out of his
sight," Hersh said.
"As a performer nothing shakes
him, but after the theft he was
highly shaken. I've never known
him like that."
A message left for Almond
through.the Milwaukee-Sym-
phony Orchestra wasn't immedi-
ately returned Wednesday. Police
have asked that he not speak to
the media while the investigation
was goingon.

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