Certainly the planned measures -- which include streamlining the department's bureaucracy and imposing an 18-month moratorium on declassifying sensitive documents -- are long overdue, even if they're not too little, too late. But to TIME Pentagon correspondent Mark Thompson, calling in the military to solve a law-enforcement problem is just the usual Beltway cosmetology. "This is what happens every time there's a snafu -- they say, let's call in the generals," he says. "But stripes and bars do not necessarily a good security person make. The army has incompetents too."
WASHINGTON: The cows may be gone, but Bill Richardson is closing the barn doors tight. The embattled Department of Energy chief is looking for a "security czar" to batten down the hatches at the nation's research labs and rehabilitate the reputation of a department that, to hear it from the recent raft of reports about legacy codes, warhead specs and submarine-detecting radar, may as well be based in Beijing. "We are looking hopefully for a three- or four-star general with an extensive security background. We want it to be career, not political," Richardson told the Associated Press ahead of an expected announcement of his plans Tuesday.