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Release No: 306-13
May 07, 2013

DOD Announces Establishment of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel

            The Department of Defense announced today the selection of nine appointees to the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel. 

            The panel, established in accordance with section 576 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2013, is a federal advisory committee that will conduct an independent review and assessment of the systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving adult sexual assault and related offenses under article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, for the purpose of developing recommendations concerning how to improve the effectiveness of those systems. 

            The secretary of defense has appointed five members to serve on the response systems panel, who will join four members appointed by the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.  The panel will convene its first meeting no later than July 1, 2013. 

            Secretary Hagel appointed the following members to the panel: 

            Former Representative Elizabeth Holtzman 

            James Houck, vice admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) 

            Judge Barbara Jones, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Ret.)

            David Lisak, Ph.D. 

            Colleen McGuire, brigadier general, U.S. Army (Ret.) 

            The following members of the panel appointed by Congress are: 

            Melinda Dunn, brigadier general, U.S. Army (Ret.), appointed by Chairman Levin, Senate Armed Services Committee. 

            Harvey Bryant, Commonwealth's Attorney of Virginia Beach, appointed by Ranking Member Inhofe, Senate Armed Services Committee. 

            Holly O’Grady Cook, colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), appointed by Chairman McKeon, House Armed Services Committee. 

            Professor Elizabeth Hillman, Hastings Law School, appointed by Ranking Member Smith, House Armed Services Committee.

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