Palgrave-Macmillan has offered a contract to publish Volume 2 of POW/MIA Accounting, entitled, J*P*A*C: The Politics of Human Skeletal Identification. The book covers the years 2010-2014 when I was a Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s (JPAC) Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. Volume 2 addresses the influence of paid lobbyists and the role of junk science in the DoD program intended to account for American servicemen who went missing during America’s historic conflicts. The role of Congress, particularly the lack of effective oversight, is discussed in detail.
Volume 2 is scheduled for release in late-2018.
Searching for Missing American Servicemen In the Soviet Union is the first of a two-volume book concerning Dr. Cole’s first-hand experience in the POW/MIA accounting program. Volume 1 is scheduled to be published in hardback and e-edition by the global academic publisher Palgrave/Macmillan in February 2018. Volume 1 documents a multi-year research effort sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) that included work in the KGB archives in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine as well as research in Soviet military archives in Moscow. Volume 1 includes research in the East German secret police (Stasi) archives. Volume 1 provides primary source evidence that American servicemen were transferred to the territory of the Soviet bloc.
Volume 2, entitled: J*P*A*C — The Politics of Human Skeletal Identification, is scheduled for publication in mid-2018. Volume 2 documents the political struggle for control of the science of human skeletal identification in the POW/MIA accounting program. Meddling by paid lobbyists and weak Congressional oversight resulted in a highly-politicized environment in which forensic science was compromised for political purposes repeatedly. Manipulation of the media by Federal employees and private citizens referred to by members of Congress as “evil creeps” and “vile scoundrels” is documented as well.