Linda J. Bilmes, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University, calls her latest paper “pretty dry.” That hasn’t prevented it from riling high-ranking Pentagon officials — who called her and her dean to complain about her work. When they questioned her sources of material, they ran into a bit of a problem: She did most of her research with data on federal Web sites. So what did the Pentagon do? It changed the Web sites, and now continues to trash her research….
While the Pentagon continues to attack, others in Washington are praising the paper.
The Iraq conflict is unusual…. in that so many soldiers are being injured out of combat. There are all kinds of reasons for that, he said, but it’s a reality.
“We think it’s reprehensible that the Pentagon would call Linda Bilmes and bitch her out over the phone and put pressure on the school” about this, Robinson said. “I want to ask the Department of Defense, ‘Why aren’t you doing reports on why there are so many injured and on their care?’ It’s ridiculous to be ignoring all of those [non-combat] injuries. Why are they attacking this research?”