“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”   Seneca

7 SEALs punished for secrecy breach

AF Times By Gidget Fuentes

The Navy punished seven East Coast-based Navy SEALs on Wednesday for revealing classified information, an official confirmed — punishment reportedly linked to paid work they did for a video game maker.

An investigation found the SEALs were derelict in their duties by disclosing classified material and unauthorized use of official command gear, Cmdr. David McKinney, a Naval Special Warfare Command spokesman in Coronado, Calif., said Thursday.

The seven SEALs were given nonjudicial punishment and each “received punitive letters of reprimand and forfeiture of half-month’s pay for two months,” McKinney said. Their names and unit were not released, but he described them generally as chief petty officers on active duty and assigned to an East Coast naval special warfare unit.

CBS News first reported the punishment, which it said came after the SEALs, one a member of the SEAL Team 6 mission that killed Osama bin Laden, spent two days over the summer working as paid consultants to Electronic Arts, the video game company that developed “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.”

The Redwood City, Calif.-based software company last month released the game, which it markets on its website as “written by active U.S. Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas.”

McKinney said the SEALs who were punished “did not seek permission” from their command for other paid work off duty.

Naval Special Warfare Command “takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and conducts investigations to determine the facts. We likewise take seriously the Non-Disclosure Agreements signed by sailors and adherence to the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” officials said in a statement.

“We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy. The nonjudicial punishment decisions made today send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a higher standard of accountability.”

Hertling leaves USAREUR without fanfare, retires

Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, the now-former commander of U.S. Army Europe, quietly departed Germany last week and retired days later at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

According to USAREUR spokesman Bill Roche, it was Hertling’s “personal preference and his desire to focus attention on serving the Soldiers and families of U.S. Army Europe, rather than on his retirement,” and, as he wished, there was no U.S. Army Europe ceremony to mark his leaving.

The command also didn’t alert the press to Hertling’s exit, nor issue a news release on its website, where Hertling’s official biography now says he “was” USAREUR commander from March 25, 2011, through Sunday.

“Lt. Gen. Hertling’s decision to retire was a matter of personal choice, based on his personal plans for the future,” Roche wrote in an email response to Stars and Stripes. Citing a Stars and Stripes article from June 29, Roche wrote, “the general chose not to discuss those plans publicly.”

According to postings on USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport Sr.’s official web and Facebook pages, Hertling left Europe Nov. 1 and retired Saturday at West Point.

Hertling did not respond by deadline to email and Facebook messages asking for comment on his departure and retirement, which had been expected since his replacement’s nomination in June, though details of his post-USAREUR plans were never made public.

After the June announcement, USAREUR spokeswoman Col. Rumi Nielson-Green said in a statement to Stars and Stripes: “LTG Hertling is currently declining to talk about his plans for the future, as he feels there is much more to do in the service of the Soldiers and families of USAREUR prior to the anticipated fall change of command date.”

Hertling’s named successor, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., was approved by the Senate in July, but is still serving as commander of the Army’s III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas. Campbell’s successor still hasn’t been named, according to a III Corps spokesman.

Roche, in an email, said Campbell “is expected to arrive sometime after the new year.”

Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer is now the acting commander and chief of staff of U.S. Army Europe.

New details in Petraeus scandal: Woman who received threatening emails revealed

Fox News

A second name emerged Sunday in the FBI investigation into CIA Director David Petraeus’ email correspondence that exposed an extramarital affair with a female biographer, then his resignation last week.

Sources tell Fox News the women is 37-year-old Jill Kelley, a close friend of the Petraeus family.

Kelley alerted the FBI about the emails that appeared to be an attempt to blackmail Petraeus, which started the investigation, said the sources, who are close friends of the Petraeuses.

In addition, the threatening emails might not have come from biographer Paula Broadwell, as widely reported.

Kelley, a Tampa, Fla. resident who is married with three children, and sister Natalie are close friends of the Petraeus’ and spent holidays together. And she was not having an affair with the retired, four-star Army general, sources close to the family tell Fox News.

Neither the State Department nor the military’s Joint Special Operations Command could confirm Kelley worked for either, contrary to other published reports…

Kessler: FBI Investigation Led to Petraeus Resignation

Newmax – By Ronald Kessler

Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C. — The resignation of David H. Petraeus as CIA director followed an FBI investigation of many months, raising the question of why he was not forced out until after the election.

In his letter of resignation, Petraeus cited an extra-marital affair he had been having. “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said in his letter to President Obama. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

Petraeus, who had a distinguished military career, revealed no additional details. However, an FBI source says the investigation began when American intelligence mistook an email Petraeus had sent to his girlfriend as a reference to corruption. Petraeus was commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan from July 4, 2010 until July 18, 2011.

The investigation began last spring, but the FBI then pored over his emails when he was stationed in Afghanistan.

The woman who was having an affair with Petraeus is a journalist who had been writing about him.

Given his top secret clearance and the fact that Petraeus is married, the FBI continued to investigate and intercept Petraeus’ email exchanges with the woman. The emails include sexually explicit references to such items as sex under a desk.

Such a relationship is a breach of top secret security requirements and could have compromised Petraeus.

At some point after Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director on Sept. 6, 2011, the woman broke up with him. However, Petraeus continued to pursue her, sending her thousands of emails over the last several months, raising even more questions about his judgment.

Neither Petraeus nor the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs had any immediate comment…

Why David Petraeus’s Gmail account is a national security issue

WaPo – By Max Fisher

The beginning of the end came for CIA Director David Petraeus when Paula Broadwell, a younger married woman with whom he was having an affair, “or someone close to her had sought access to his email,” according to the Wall Street Journal’s description of an FBI probe. Associates of Petraeus had received “anonymous harassing emails” that were then traced to Broadwell, ABC’s Martha Raddatz reported, suggesting she may have found their names or addresses in his e-mail.

The e-mail account was apparently Petraeus’s personal Gmail, not his official CIA e-mail, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s a big deal: Some of the most powerful foreign spy agencies in the world would love to have an opening, however small, into the personal e-mail account of the man who runs the United States’ spy service. The information could have proved of enormous value to foreign hackers, who already maintain a near-constant effort to access sensitive U.S. data.

…You have to wonder what a similar infiltration into the private e-mail account of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency might have turned up.

Of course, the CIA director is not the Chamber of Commerce, which may explain why the FBI’s counter-intelligence monitoring is so sensitive that just Broadwell’s access to his Gmail account triggered an investigation. But the fact that the FBI looked so hard and so carefully – and that Petraeus lost his directorship of the CIA over an intrusion that many of us might consider minor or even routine – underscores the potential risk to U.S. intelligence entailed in Petraeus’s, or Broadwell’s, alleged misuse of his personal account.

Charlotte author chronicles Gen. Petraeus’ war career

Charlotte Observer.- By Pam Kelley (January 24, 2012)

As her new biography of one of America’s best-known living generals goes on sale today, Charlotte’s Paula Broadwell adds another accomplishment to her resume – big-time writer.

Broadwell, a counterterrorism expert, is author of “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”

She lives in Dilworth with her husband, radiologist Scott Broadwell, and their sons, Landon and Lucien. For the next few weeks, however, you’re more likely to find her in the national media. She was scheduled today for an early-morning interview on “Fox and Friends.” In coming days, look for her on CNN, National Public Radio and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

… To report the story, Broadwell, 39, visited Afghanistan six times, spending a total of three months there. She embedded with combat troops and interviewed Petraeus for hours, often during runs they took together. She went on patrols, saw enemy fire, got sick during helicopter rides. And she loved it.

… She met Petraeus in 2006 when he spoke at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was a graduate student. When she told him about her research interests, he handed her his card and offered his help. “He really cares about mentoring,” she says.

Later, with his cooperation, she began a doctoral dissertation that included a case study of his leadership.

A major in the Army Reserve, Broadwell says she was comfortable in Afghanistan.

“I was back with my buddies, troopers I’d served with, my military family,” she says. “I had studied Arabic in the Middle East. I studied in Jordan. It didn’t feel that much different.”

Broadwell talked about her book recently during an interview in her living room while her sons, ages 4 and 6, played nearby. She credits her husband, mother and other family members, along with friends and neighbors, for providing the child care that allowed her time away to do research…

“All In” begins with a 4 1/2-page list of acronyms and abbreviations of military terms, a big hint that it’s not a breezy read. But the biography has already won praise from high places. A book blurb from historian Doris Kearns Goodwin calls it a “majestic biography.” Another, from NBC’s Tom Brokaw, says it’s a “riveting insider’s account.”

Broadwell portrays Petraeus, who has a Ph.D. from Princeton, as disciplined and intense. He’s a workaholic who consults multiple sources before making major decisions, an exercise fanatic who keeps alert in meetings by chewing Atomic Fireball candies.

… As the book ends, it’s fall 2011. The U.S. has begun withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, and the country’s future remains uncertain. Petraeus, 59, has retired and begun a new civilian life as CIA director.

Broadwell, meanwhile, will be on a book tour for several months. She’ll donate 20 percent of hard-copy sales to nonprofit groups that help serve wounded veterans and their families.

She has sent Petraeus a copy of her book. Often, she says, he doesn’t read about himself. But she’ll hear more from the general. After her book tour, she’ll finish her doctorate. Petraeus is one of her dissertation advisers.

There’s a Mystery Third Woman in the Petraeus Affair

The Atlantic – Connor Simpson

… Officials told the New York Times‘ Scott Shane and Eric Schmidt FBI officials were investigating a complaint made by an unidentified third person that Broadwell was “harassing” them. The Washington Post‘s Sari Horowitz and and Greg Miller report the third person was actually a woman who Broadwell thought was a threat to their affair.

The unidentified lady was rattled enough by Broadwell’s harassing emails that she reported her to the FBI, who then started investigating Broadwell’s email accounts. While the FBI were looking through Broadwell’s emails for their harassment investigation they discovered risqué communiqués that revealed the affair with Petraeus. “We were stunned,” a source told the Times.

From the sounds of things, the mystery lady discovered the affair and Broadwell freaked out. Officials stressed to the Times and the Post that the affair was very much an isolated event within Petraeus’ social circle…

My take: Petraeus ldrshp maxims in Newsweek http://tinyurl.com/byeqtsx  Take performance personally/if u r ok 2 b average, so 2 will be your team.

General David Petraeus’s Rules for Living

Lessons on leadership from General David Petraeus.

1. Lead by example from the front of the formation. Take your performance personally—if you are proud to be average, so too will be your troops.

2. A leader must provide a vision—clear and achievable “big ideas” combined in a strategic concept—and communicate those ideas throughout the entire organi­zation and to all other stakeholders.

3. A leader needs to give energy; don’t be an oxygen thief.

4. There is an exception to every rule, standard operating procedure, and poli­cy; it is up to leaders to determine when exceptions should be made and to ex­plain why they made them.

5. We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear­ view mirrors—drive on and avoid making them again.

6. Be humble. The people you’ll be lead­ing already have on-the-ground conflict experience. “Listen and learn.”

7. Be a team player. “Your team’s triumphs and failures will, obviously, be yours.” Take ownership of both.

8. Don’t rely on rank. If you rely on rank, rather than on the persuasiveness of your logic, the problem could be you and either your thinking or your com­munication skills. Likewise, sometimes the best ideas come from bottom-up information sharing (i.e., “Need to share” not “Need to know”). Use “direct­ed telescopes” to improve situational awareness.

9. Leaders should be thoughtful but deci­sive. Listen to subordinates’ input, evaluate courses of action and second- and third-order effects, but be OK with an “80 per­cent solution.” “There will be many moments when all eyes turn to you for a decision. Be prepared for them. Don’t shrink from them. Embrace them.” Some­times the best move is the bold move.

10. Stay fit to fight. Your body is your ulti­mate weapons system. Physical fitness for your body is essential for mental fitness.

11. The only thing better than a little com­petition is a lot of competition. Set chal­lenges for your subordinates to encourage them to excel.

12. Everyone on the team is mission criti­cal. Instill in your team members a sense of great self-worth—that each, at any given time, can be the most important on the battlefield.

UPDATE

Officials Say F.B.I. Knew of Petraeus Affair in the Summer

New York Times – By SCOTT SHANE and CHARLIE SAVAGE

… It remains unclear whether the F.B.I. also gained access to Mr. Petraeus’s personal e-mail account, or if it relied only on e-mails discovered in Ms. Broadwell’s in-box.

It also remains uncertain exactly when the information about Mr. Petraeus reached Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Robert S. Mueller III, the F.B.I. director. Both men have declined to comment.

But under the Attorney General Guidelines that govern domestic law enforcement officials, agents must notify F.B.I. headquarters and the Department of Justice whenever they are looking at a “sensitive investigative matter,” which includes cases “involving the activities of a domestic public official.”

F.B.I. agents interviewed Ms. Broadwell for the first time the week of Oct. 21, and she acknowledged the affair, a government official briefed on the matter said. She also voluntarily gave the agency her computer.

In a search, the agents discovered several classified documents, which raised the additional question of whether Mr. Petraeus had given them to her.

She said that he had not. Agents interviewed Mr. Petraeus the following week. He also admitted to the affair but said he had not given any classified documents to her. The agents then interviewed Ms. Broadwell again on Friday, Nov. 2, the official said…

Broadwell: Petraeus Knew of Benghazi Plea for Help

Israel National News – By Gil Ronen

Military expert Paula Broadwell, who was allegedly improperly involved with resigned CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, confirmed in October that the CIA annex in Benghazi asked for reinforcements when the consulate came under attack on September 11. She also acknowledged that “there was a failure in the system.”

Broadwell was speaking at her alma mater, the University of Denver, on October 26. Her lecture, which is on YouTube under the title “Alumni Symposium 2012 Paula Broadwell,” now has added value, because based on the recent disclosures, it can now be assumed that she indeed knew exactly what it was that Petraeus knew about the attack.

Broadwell confirmed the reports on Fox News that the CIA annex asked for a special unit, the Commander in Chief’s In Extremis Force, to come and assist it. She also said that the force could indeed have reinforced the consulate, and that Petraeus knew all of this, but was not allowed to talk to the press because of his position in the CIA.

“The challenge has been the fog of war, and the greater challenge is that it’s political hunting season, and so this whole thing has been turned into a very political sort of arena, if you will,” she said. “The fact that came out today is that the ground forces there at the CIA annex, which is different from the consulate, were requesting reinforcements.

“They were requesting the – it’s called the C-in-C’s In Extremis Force – a group of Delta Force operators, our very, most talented guys we have in the military. They could have come and reinforced the consulate and the CIA annex.

Now, I don’t know if a lot of you have heard this but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner, and they think that the attack on the consulate was an attempt to get these prisoners back. It’s still being vetted.

“The challenging thing for Gen. Petraeus is that in his new position, he’s not allowed to communicate with the press. So he’s known all of this – they had correspondence with the CIA station chief in Libya, within 24 hours they kind of knew what was happening.”

Broadwell did give some support to the administration, however, for its initial version of events, which tied the consulate attack to protests in the Muslim world.

“If you remember at the time, the Muslim video, the Mohammed video that came out, the demonstrations that were going on in Cairo, there were demonstrations in 22 other countries around the world, tens of thousands of people, and our government was very concerned that this was going to become a nightmare for us,” she said.

“So you can understand if you put yourselves in his shoes or Secretary Clinton’s shoes or the President’s shoes, that we thought it was tied somehow to the demonstrations in Cairo. And it’s true that we have signal intelligence that shows the militia members in Libya were watching the demonstration in Cairo, and it did sort of galvanize their effort. So we’ll find out the facts soon enough.

“As a former intel officer it’s frustrating to me because it reveals our sources and methods, I don’t think the public necessarily needs to know all of that. It is a tragedy that we lost an ambassador and two other government officials, and […] there was a failure in the system because there was additional security requested, but it’s frustrating to see the sort of political aspect of what’s going on with this whole investigation.”

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