On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
Seeing this in the Washington Post more than three years after Sept. 11 doesn't exactly inspire confidence: "Overlapping jurisdiction among federal agencies working on biodefenses--including the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services--leads to confusion inside and outside government about who is in charge of preparations for, and response to, bioattacks."
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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