Former CIA Director David Petraeus (shown) resigned in early November because of an extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has requested the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review the American military’s staffing regulations following a series of high-profile moral scandals among the top brass of the US military.
The US Defense Department announced the decision on Friday, saying the request is aimed at changing the regulations regarding staff support provided to senior generals and admirals.
The is Pentagon’s second request to issued to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey in the past three weeks to undertake the ethics training review.
The news comes as former CIA Director David Petraeus, US commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan Marine Corps General John Allen, and Army General William Ward are embroiled in scandals and investigations.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a Friday briefing that Dempsey insists the current ethics training may need to be started earlier and reinforced more frequently, and staff services for senior officers require further examination.
"General Dempsey believes we must look at the level and type of support senior leaders receive in the execution of their duties, to ensure it is necessary and to ensure we are being consistent, sensible and efficient," he said.
Petraeus resigned in early November because of an extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, while Marine General John Allen is currently under an ongoing FBI probe for “improper communications” with Jill Kelley, a woman also involved in the scandal.
Allen has been put under investigation over allegedly questionable emails, and Army General William Ward was stripped of one star and ordered to repay USD 82,000 over misuse of staff and aircraft.
In a memo to Dempsey on November 14, Panetta cited a series of ethical lapses by senior military officers, saying "When lapses occur, they have the potential to erode public confidence in our leadership and in our system for the enforcement of our high ethical standards.”