It is one of those odd stories.
Someone kinda suggested to the Army War College to go back and look at X-research paper from a Army officer that attended the university about a decade ago. No one from the university crew will say who suggested this...but the results are this....this simple fourteen page report has around 98 citations attached to it (all done correctly apparently)....but basically copied word-for-word....from an existing paper of the period.
The guy involved? Well....he's the stand-in guy for North Dakota's senate seat....a Democrat. Yeah.....he's running in the fall. Yeah....it really shook up things a bit.
The Army War College? They simply asked him to present himself and answer a few questions. The worst of scenarios? They revoke his master's degree. For a Army officer....it's pretty much kick-in-the-butt. You can't really fix this, and if all is proven true.....it's a done deal....just a couple of weeks of chat, and they make their decision.
What Senator Walsh says? Well....he kinda admits he may have just lifted an entire paper to fill this void, but it's OK because he was having PTSD episodes at the time. The Army? Normally, the Army guys would all fall over each other and say "sure"....but this is the Army Staff College, and these geeky Army folks are a bit different.
My observation? Well....if you say you had PTSD back in 2007....who is to say that right now....you don't have PTSD? Can we allow some Senator to remedy himself and just he's pure and clean now.....no issues? I just don't see how.
I can see future military leaders always caught in a lie....just say you got PTSD, and you get off the hook.
My belief? By late August....the Army War College will have met and discussed the fourteen-page paper and it's affect. PTSD won't be discussed. They will simply say a sixty-day review will take place within the university....and shortly after election day in November....they revoke the degree. Maybe it has no effect on the election.....maybe it does. But it's not a player until after the election.
As for purity in master degree programs? It's best to say that if you really went into every report and thesis written over the past twenty years....at least twenty percent would fail the purity test. Incompetent individuals? No....just people under stress....and the program is more than they expected. So they cut corners.....fill in the voids, and pay the idiots their $40,000 for a certificate that you can hang on the wall, and gets you a $30,000 pay-raise. That's life.