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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:48 pm

Mikulski backs oversight of military academies

By BRIAN WITTEAssociated Press

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski has called on the Pentagon to increase oversight and accountability of military service academy superintendents in response to increasing rates of sexual assaults.

Mikulski wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a letter made public Wednesday that she is "deeply troubled by the lackluster response from the superintendents to increasing rates of sexual assault within their academies."

Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, is a member of the U.S. Naval Academy's Board of Visitors, which acts as a board of trustees for the Annapolis military college.

Vice Adm. Michael Miller, the Naval Academy's superintendent, announced this week that he has decided to send the cases of Navy football players accused of sexual assault to Article 32 proceedings, which are held to determine if there is evidence to hold a court-martial.