The Institute of Medicine was charged by Congress to conduct a follow-up study related to the long-term health effects of Project 112/Project SHAD in 2010. That study was released this week and can be found at http://iom.nationalacademies.org/Reports/2016/Assessing-Health-Outcomes-Among-Veterans-of-Project-SHAD.aspx. As the IOM report reflects, DoD has still not de-classified certain information regarding the testing after 40 years . . . .
In simple terms as described on the VA website, “Project 112/Project SHAD, or Shipboard Hazard and Defense, was a series of tests conducted by the Department of Defense from 1962 to 1974. Servicemembers participated in conducting the tests. The purpose was to determine the potential risks to U.S. warships and American forces from chemical and biological warfare agents.” In simpler terms, the DoD was using service members (mostly Navy and Marines) to conduct chemical/biological testing without the knowledge of those individuals. Regardless of whether the reader wore a uniform at some point, this represents a major abdication of moral and ethical responsibility for anyone involved and should sicken the American population.