"TURMOIL" FOR U.S. CHEM-WEAPON DESTRUCTION PLAN

The Pentagon's program to get rid of America's stockpile of chemical weapons is in "turmoil," according to a new study from the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative arm."Long-standing leadership, organizational, and strategic planning issues remain unresolved," the report notes. "Roles and responsibilities are often unclear," leaving "the program without a clear road map."Simply put, there are "no assurances" that the Defense Department "will be able to meet the program's principal goalto destroy the chemical stockpile in a safe manner and by the Chemical Weapons Convention 2007 deadline."

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