Assessment of DoD's Central Identification Lab and the Feasibility of Increasing Identification Rates
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This study was commissioned by the Defense Prisoner of WarMissing Personnel Office DPMO to address public and Congressional concerns over the pace and scope of work by the Joint POWMIA Accounting Command JPAC to identify remains, including those already recovered but not yet identified. DPMO requested an independent assessment of viable alternatives for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the operations of JPACs Central Identification Laboratory CIL. Specifically, IDA was tasked to examine the actions needed to increase the number of identifications to 180 per year by 2014. This report i identifies possible improvements in efficiency and effectiveness within existing or currently planned resources ii describes a pragmatic near-term initiative for expanding CIL identification activities by resolving a targeted set of pending cases already in the CIL accessions, and iii describes the relationship between the long-term priorities of the identification mission and the types and scale of capabilities that would be necessary to achieve an annual identification rate of 180 per year.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations