WASHINGTON The general in charge of the U.S. missile-defense program says the Pentagon will take "proper action" in response to allegations of fraud, waste and abuse in the program, leveled by a Colorado Springs whistleblower.
Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, made the comment during a June 25 news conference at the Pentagon. He was responding to a question about the status of federal investigations into the allegations, which were made by Biff Baker, a former employee of a missile-defense contractor.
"We have, from time to time, these types of allegations come up, and we turn them over to the proper authorities to do the investigation, and I'm confident that they will," Kadish said. "I don't have any information to share with you today on what the status of those [investigations] are. ... But I can assure you we will take any proper action recommended to remedy any problems that we have."
Baker, a former Army Space Command colonel who now teaches at Colorado Technical University in the Springs, has told the Independent that he uncovered evidence of fraud, waste and abuse last winter, while he was working for COLSA Corp., a missile-defense contractor (Baker's allegations were detailed in the June 13 issue of the paper).
Baker says his job for COLSA was to inspect contract compliance and verify that missile-defense work was being done on time and on budget. In performing that task, Baker says he discovered instances in which military agencies awarded contracts, without required competitive bids, to a California-based contractor, SY Technology, which is headed by a former high-ranking Army general.
In March, Baker discussed his findings with one of Kadish's subordinates at the Missile Defense Agency, Brig. Gen. John Holly. Eight days later, Baker was fired.
The U.S. General Accounting Office and the Missile Defense Agency's Office of Internal Management Review are now investigating Baker's allegations.
-- Terje Langeland