Missing Centcom laptops found

U.S. Central Command

The Defense Department has recovered two laptop computers that were taken from a "tightly controlled" area of the Tampa, Fla., headquarters of U.S. Central Command, which is spearheading the war in Afghanistan.

Air Force Office of Special Investigations officials said they were holding a man who confessed to removing the laptops, one of which contained classified materials.

Officials said that investigators recovered the laptops from a private residence in the Tampa area. They said that the man in custody was in the military, but they would not identify him.

Furthermore, investigators would not say why somebody would have removed the laptop computers from Central Command.

The laptop computers were reported missing Aug. 7 and were reported to be in a highly secure area of Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

A search for the PCs involved nearly 50 investigators.

The laptop flap occurred just days after a Justice Department audit found that more than 400 of the department's laptop computers were missing or reported stolen.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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