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DIA Chronology of Events Dealing with the Filename:611rpt.000 Subject: DIA Chronology of Events Dealing with the Czech Reports of Chemical Detection During DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM During DESERT STORM intelligence reporting was received concerning Czech Chemical Warfare detection. These reports were discounted at that time for two reasons. First, CENTCOM had dispatched two FOX reconnaissance vehicles to confirm/deny these reports; the results were negative. Second, these reports were categorized as two of the many Chemical Warfare false alarms occurring during that time frame. In July, 1993, the Czech open press carried articles concerning Chemical Warfare detection by Czech forces during DESERT STORM. It appeared at that time that these were the same false reports which had been previously discounted during the DESERT STORM time frame. 2 September 1993 OSD/Legislative Affairs received the First inquiry from Congressman Collins, subject: DESERT STORM Mystery Illness. 3 September 1993 OSD tasked the Joint Staff (JS) to reply to Congressman Collins' request for information. Director, Joint Staff selected J4 as single JS Point of Contact on this issue. 8 September 1993 [ b.2. ] OSD assumed lead on this and [ (b)(6) ] was appointed point man with DIA to provide intelligence support. 9 September 1993 J4 requests DIA to provide classified and unclassified assessment to respond to Congressman Collins' inquiry. 10 September 1993 Joint Staff provides answer with DIA input for Congressman Collins. 13 September 1993 DIA briefs Congressman Collins. After reviewing with [ (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4) ] restated the Intelligence Community position that there was no confirmed use of chemical agents during DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. 14 September 1993 OSD requests the Joint Staff to provide a brief to Senator Shelby. OSD forms a briefing/task group under leadership of OSD (Health Affairs)/Army (as DoD Executive Agent). 20 September 1993 Per Joint Staff tasker of 15 September DIA briefed Senator Shelby. 23-29 September 1993 On 23 September OSD receives request from Reps. Dellums, Kennedy, Schroeder, Evans and Browder to provide a briefing concerning Iraqi use of Chemical Warfare/and the Czech detection reports. On 29 September DIA provided a briefing. Representative Browder requested an official copy of the Czech MoD report directly from the Czechs. Representative Kennedy took issue with DIA for not being proactive and aggressively pursuing this report. 30 September 1993 DIA made a request for the Defense Attache in Prague to obtain a copy of the Czech report directly from MoD. Reviewed possibility of an expert visit to Prague to review all pertinent data. 4 October 1993 [ (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4) ] 12 October 1993 DCJCS Memo to DEPSECDEF requesting that he designate a single office to represent DoD for all inquiries, investigations and oversight of the DoD response to Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM mysterious illness. [ (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4) ] 17 October 1993 [ (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4) ] The assessment was that the Czech equipment/personnel were better than they had expected. The equipment was very sensitive and the team concluded that the Czech claims were valid. 20 October 1993 DIA, OSD, JCS and Army Legislative Affairs met at DIA's request to discuss the team report. DIA urged OSD to bring this issue to the policy level in DoD immediately. DIA briefed DATSD/PA on issue and provided a draft trip reports to OSD. 21 October 1993 JCS J-4 holds meeting with DIA. DIA starts preparation of two trip reports (classified and unclassified). DIA accompanied OSD to brief [ (b)(6) ]. 22 October 1993 DIA draft reports delivered to OCJCS Legislative Affairs, Public Affairs and J4. 23 October 1993 DIA provides copies of classified and unclassified reports to [ (b)(6) ]. 25 October 1993 DIA hosted a Chemical Warfare Community meeting to review all elements to include Order of Battle, Battle Damage Assessment, meteorlogic data, petrochemical facilities, and other possibly related factors pertinent to the Czech Chemical Warfare detections. Participating in the discussions were representatives from [ (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4) ] consensus was that the Czech detections were not the result of Iraqi or Coalition hostile action(s). 26 October 1993 SECDEF and [ (b)(6) ] an update and briefed on the results of the Czech trip. 27 October 1993 On 27 October, DIA met with [ (b)(6) ]meeting the results of the community meeting on the 25th of October were discussed, and the map of the Kuwaiti Theater of Operations (KTO) during DESERT STORM with all pertinent data was presented. Copies of classified DIA analysis of the Czech report and associated intelligence reports were provided to OSD. A copy was provided to Dr. Perry by OSD Legislative Affairs. 28 October 1993 On 28 October, DIA again met with the Joint Staff members and numerous other representatives, including [ (b)(6) ].Once again, DIA findings pertaining to the Czech chemical detection incidents were discussed and the map presented. At the request of OSD-, DIA briefed Representatives Kennedy, Evans, and Browder on the findings and results [ (b)(1) sec 1.3(a)(4) ]. The position that the Czech chemical detection incidents were not the result of Iraqi or Coalition hostile action(s) was presented. 30 October 1993 Based on a 30 October Washington Post article a briefing for the Senate Armed Service Committee is scheduled for 1 November. Participants include OSD and DIA.
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