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Key JPAC scientific experts sharply cut in reform

HONOLULU (AP) - A program that provides dozens of scientists and other experts to the Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command is being sharply cut.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the move comes at the same time that Congress is seeking more recoveries and identifications from JPAC, whose headquarters and main lab are at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

As part of a Pentagon reorganization effort, 50 Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellows who assist JPAC are being let go. JPAC is responsible for finding, recovering and identifying missing-in-action service members.

The Pentagon says only a half-dozen current or new Oak Ridge fellows will be retained.

Pentagon spokeswoman Navy Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost says a careful review on how the program is used is required for "prudent use of government resources."

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