Gates announces 45 day Review of Fort Hood Massacre
Department of Defence Secretary Robert Gates has announced a 45 day review of procedures in place and recommendation on how to prevent future attacks within DoD. This review is a result of the Fort Hood massacre.
Gates has appointed former Defence Secretary West and Admiral Clark to complete this review. The review is all encompassing, including how DoD deals with stress, counseling procedures, mass casualty evacuation procedures and reporting procedures of adverse members within the department. Both individuals are very familiar with the department.
Gates said that the Army would do a longer review to streamline its procedures.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tapped a former senior defense official to lead a broad Pentagon review of the circumstances surrounding the Fort Hood shootings, The Associated Press has learned.
Gates will announce today that it will be a single, coordinated review, and will call for a quick, short-term report, followed by a longer, more extensive study, according to an administration official.
Components of the wide-ranging probe could include self-examinations by the Army and the military's medical community, and likely look at personnel policies and the availability of mental health services for troubled troops.
It would go well beyond the specific case of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 in the shootings at the Texas military post Nov. 5.
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