National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2004

Public Law 108-136--Nov. 24, 2003

SEC. 584. REVIEW OF THE 1991 DEATH OF MARINE CORPS COLONEL JAMES E. SABOW.

(a) REVIEW REQUIRED.--Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall commence a review, as specified in subsection (c), of the death of Colonel James S. Sabow, United States Marine Corps, who died on January 22, 1991, at the Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California.

(b) FOCUS OF REVIEW.--The principal focus of the review under subsection (a) shall be to determine the cause of the death of Colonel Sabow, given the medical and forensic factors associated with that death.

(c) REVIEW BY OUTSIDE EXPERTS.--The Secretary of Defense shall provide that the evidence concerning the cause of the death of Colonel Sabow and the medical and forensic factors associated with that death shall be reviewed by medical and forensic experts outside the Department of Defense.

(d) REPORT.--Not later than six months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate and teh Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives a written report on the findings of the review under subsection (a). The Secretary shall include in the report (1) the Secretary's conclusions as a result of the review, including the Secretary's conclusions regarding the death of Colonel Sabow, and (2) the conclusions of the experts reviewing the matter under subsection (c).