The Crisis That Rocked a Country
In April 2004, an illegally leaked U.S. Army report thrust CACI, an information technology and professional services company, into the international spotlight by casting suspicion on a CACI employee for being "either directly or indirectly responsible" for the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. At the same time, pictures from the dismal and overcrowded prison depicting the abuses were shown on national television and tarnished anyone associated with Abu Ghraib including CACI.
What ensued was a media frenzy rarely seen by any company in recent decades. The media twisted the unsupported allegations into a guilty verdict without regard for the facts or the truth, creating a damning public perception of CACI. Our Good Name recounts how CACI battled to defend itself against erroneous and malicious reports by a rampaging media, how it responded to the wide-ranging government investigations, and how it overcame misplaced anger and criticism that put the companyís dedicated employees and excellent reputation even its future at risk.
Faced with constant accusations, exaggerations, and false reports, CACI refused to allow the media storm and uninformed opportunists to drag it down. The company condemned the behavior depicted in the infamous prison photos. If any employee had been culpable of any wrongdoing, the company would respond forcefully and accordingly, but only adhering to the rule of law. There would be no witch hunts, no lynch mobs, and no kangaroo courts.
Spearheaded by its long-time leader, chairman, president, and CEO Dr. J. Phillip London, the company mounted a concentrated campaign to address the allegations and make the facts known. CACI used innovative methods of crisis management and consistent communications to push back against the distortions and mistakes. CACI would also rely upon its long-established, proven culture of ethics and integrity to direct its activities and set the record straight.
Our Good Name is CACIís story of facing one of the biggest scandals in recent history ...and coming out honorably with its head held high.
They journeyed nobly:
Captain Paul Christopher ďChrisĒ Alaniz, husband of CACIís Thelma Alaniz of San Diego, CA, died on January 26, 2005 when a Marine Corps transport helicopter he was co-piloting crashed in a sandstorm near Rutbah, Iraq. He was with the U.S. Marine Corps, Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd M.A.W., from MCAS in Miramar, CA. Captain Alaniz was 32 years old and originally from Corpus Christi, TX.
Corporal Christopher L. Weaver died on January 26, 2005 in hostile combat action in Al Anbar, Iraq. Corporal Weaver, age 24, was the son of CACIís David Weaver, a retired naval officer from Dahlgren, VA. Corporal Weaver, from Fredericksburg, VA, was in the U.S. Marine Corps, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Corps Reserve, Lynchburg, VA.
First Lieutenant Aaron N. Seesan, from Massilon, OH, died on May 22, 2005 of fatal injuries in a combat IED (Improvised Explosive Device) sweep, near Mosul, Iraq. Lt. Seesan was with the U.S. Army, Combat Engineers, 73rd Engineers Division & 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Combat Team), based out of Ft. Lewis, Washington. Seesan, nephew of CACI consultant Dr. Jennifer Burkhart of Arlington, VA, was 24 years old. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.
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