Another Government Bureaucracy That Can’t Do Their Job: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

by | Mar 29, 2024

The 150 million dollar Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) was created to replace the scandal plagued Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).

More than 81,000 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts.

Before quitting after less than a year on the job, the “new director” simply reassigned the previous JPAC Scientific Director to be in charge of “partnering with private groups”.  What this “partnering” turned out to be was the giving away of millions of taxpayer dollars in annual contracts to “non-profits to do DPAA’s primary job: recover remains of MIA’s.  With no apparent ethical oversight by DPAA, some of these same government contractors actively continue to solicit contributions claiming to be “non-profit” charities.  Huge multi-million dollar contracts are farmed out. This obvious unethical practice is just another example of the past arrogance and abuse by this same old group of poor leaders and managers who continue to remain in functional control of the “new” organization.

And, in “deja vu all over again” the Department of Defense appointed a former JPAC commander as the “new, new” director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.  This is the very same person who had steered the agency, known by its employees as “Dysfunction Junction”, into its final demise and lost his own job under a torrent of Congressional criticism.

And in other news, they can’t even get the names right nor the timelines of death correct on the Korean War Memorial:

“Shortly after the memorial wall was dedicated last July, errors were discovered that included missing and misspelled names and names of former service members who died from causes unrelated to the Korean War. One estimate includes more than 1,000 spelling errors and the listing of more than 240 people whose deaths weren’t related to the war, including a service member who died in a motorcycle accident in Hawaii and a Marine who lived six decades after his Korean War service.”

A microcosm of the ineffectiveness and clown-car antics of the most expensive military paper tiger in the history of Earth.

About Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert is the host of Chasing Ghosts: An Irregular Warfare Podcast and a contributor over time to various liberty endeavors. He served in the military for nearly a quarter century and was a combat tourist in a number of neo-imperialist shit-pits planet-wide. He can be found on twitter at @wbuppert and reached via email at

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