I wonder if you could help me with this.
In the subplot of my story, there is a Pentagon conspiracy to start a war with a country. It is planned by a Pentagon General in the way that it would look like that particular country's aricraft attack US aircraft during the war games conducted along its border. Yes, it's kind of provocation, but they are not supposed to attack, aren't they? Anyway, the plan is fouled up and the American pilot who does that also figures the conspiracy out and blows the whistle. Of course there is a cover up, a closed door hearing and the General who's come up with the plan is charged with something minimal and a recommendation to retire voluntarily.
Now, I imagine the charge would be something like 'negligence and violation of rules of safety resulting in a loss of personnel and equipment'. (Yeah, I forgot to say that one US aircraft has gone down as the result, shot down by the pilot who figured the plot because he and everybody esle thought it was a hostile aircraft; until it was too late).
My question is if this charge sounds 'about right'.
I have searched google, about.com millitary for verious combinations of phrases above, have had a quick look at court martial manual, but can not find anything of relevance that would tell me that the charge above is 'light' enough for the General to walk away with nothing too serious and the whole thing remains covered up. Conspiracies are rarely uncovered I figure ;o(
Thank you for your help!