This Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) investigation involves allegations related to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) decision to relocate a Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex (JIAC) at Royal Air Force Station (RAF) Croughton, United Kingdom (U.K.).1 Specifically, concerns were raised by several members of Congress that, allegedly, senior DoD officials intentionally provided inaccurate or misleading information to Congress pertaining to the selection of RAF Croughton as the location for a consolidated U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) JIAC. The allegations, in essence, were that inaccurate or misleading information was intentionally provided to Congress to inflate the cost estimates to relocate the JIAC to Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, as opposed to locating the JIAC at RAF Croughton.
The DoD OIG agreed to investigate these allegations. To conduct this investigation, we assembled a multi-disciplinary team of special agents, investigative specialists, auditors, and attorneys. The team conducted 170 in-person and telephonic interviews with 110 witnesses in the DoD, the Department of State, and private industry. We also obtained, reviewed, and analyzed numerous documents relevant to this investigation, including more than 4,300 e-mails and 2,400 megabytes of data and documents.