HONOLULU (AP) - The new director of a streamlined program to identify the missing remains of war veterans says he's optimistic that goals will be reached this year.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in 2014 that 60 veterans' remains identified in a year fell far short of the projected capacity of 200, and that the program would be reformed.
Efforts nationwide were consolidated with retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Linnington leading the group.
About 500 researchers, investigators and identification personnel are now based in Hawaii, where Linnington visited last week.
He says he predicts the agency will identify many more veterans than the 200 mandated by Congress.