Fox News reported:
Defense Department investigators have discovered “potential security risks” in a Pentagon program that has enrolled more than 10,000 foreign-born individuals into the U.S. armed forces since 2009, Fox News has learned exclusively, with sources on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon expressing alarm over “foreign infiltration” and enrollees now unaccounted for.
The report, most of which is still classified, revealed that numerous enrollees in the program are unaccounted for. Nobody has any idea where they are serving, what they know, or even their serial number. Instead of successful integration, the government is now faced with the possibility of infiltration.
MAVNI was created by the Bush administration, but was launched by Barack Obama. Its overall purpose was to recruit individuals with foreign language and other skills, regarded as useful and in short-supply by the Pentagon. Analyses of the program have allegedly demonstrated that MAVNI soldiers out-perform non-MAVNI soldiers in critical areas.
One can only wonder- how many were terrorism experts?
Reports have indicated that concerns over the management of MAVNI have grown in recent months. Oklahoma Representative, Steve Russell, was the first to call attention to the problems. “The program has been replete with problems, to include foreign infiltration – so much so that the Department of Defense is seeking to suspend the program due to those concerns.”
Russell is a retired Army officer who currently serves on the House Armed Services subcommittee. He believes that a “lack of discipline” in implementing the program, is responsible for the breakdown. Pentagon spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick, issued a statement which highlighted the concerns.
“The Department of Defense is conducting a review of the MAVNI pilot program due to potential security risks associated with the program,” said Haverstick. The list of MAVNI’s problems included a vetting backlog, which allowed soldiers to enroll in the program before their background checks were completed.