November 23rd, 2009
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Defense Dept. releases objectives of Fort Hood review

Washington (CNN) - A Defense Department review in the wake of the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, is aimed at determining whether weaknesses in programs or procedures put service members and their families at risk, the military said.

The Pentagon Monday released the objectives of the 45-day review, announced last week by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The review began Friday, and a report will be provided to Gates by January 15, 2010.

Authorities say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, opened fire at a military processing center at the Fort Hood Army Post on November 5. Thirteen people were killed and dozens of others wounded.

Hasan has been charged with 13 preliminary counts of premeditated murder, the Army has said. Hasan, who was wounded in the incident, remains hospitalized.

In announcing the policy review last week, Gates said the incident raised questions that "demand complete but prompt answers."

The military said the review will identify and address "possible gaps and/or deficiencies in the DoD's programs, processes and procedures related to identifying department employees who could potentially pose credible threats to others," along with the department's force protection programs, its emergency response and its care for victims and families in the aftermath of such an event. It also will "assess the execution and adequacy of Army programs, policies and procedures as applied to the alleged perpetrator."

Programs under review will include periodic counseling sessions, health assessment programs for service members, personnel policies and release and discharge policies, the military said.

Gates said last week the investigation won't ease the pain of the families of the 13 people killed, but said the Pentagon must do "everything in our power to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future."

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Will we ever hear Obama and his cronies call this what it act of TERROR? An act of extremist Islamic JIHAD? Until this president wakes up and understands that this enemy will destroy us, we are at risk, and the terrorists become energized by his weakness.

    November 23, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Marianne

    shooting like this will soon be happening all pver America. We best get ready and carry guns to fire back to protect our self and family.

    November 23, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Stu

    What review do you need? It is very simple, if politically incorrect. Islam is not just religion, but also a political, cultural and justice system rolled into one. And it is a threat to national security. Like communists, they should be banned from the military, intelligence, and law enforcement communities until such time as Islam grows up, quits trying to wage jihad, quits trying to live like they did 1000 years ago. Most religions began in barbarism and all have mostly grown up save one. Most muslims are peaceful, hardworking people of course, and it only takes a few to ruin it for all. The bottom line, they are a security risk. We've seen it over and over...

    November 23, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |