Army Missile Command makes changes after kickbacks

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Army Space and Missile Defense Command at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville says it has changed its approach to contracting due to a public corruption investigation.

Spokesman John Cummings says guilty pleas by two former officials resulted in an internal review and more oversight of contracting.

A former deputy director at Redstone Arsenal, Doug Ennis, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy and receiving $75,000 from a subcontractor.

Former arsenal official Michael Cantrell pleaded guilty in January to taking $1.6 million in kickbacks from contractors.

Both are awaiting sentencing.

The arsenal investigation is continuing.

A federal grand jury recently indicted Dennis Darling of Reddington Beach, Fla., on bribery charges alleging payments to Cantrell.

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