Pentagon inquiry into Fort Hood urges focus on service members who may pose risk
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By Greg JaffeWednesday, January 13, 2010
A high-level Pentagon inquiry into the Fort Hood shootings that left 13 people dead has concluded that the military should focus more resources on identifying service members who might pose a threat to their colleagues and outlines a series of steps it should take to prevent such attacks, Pentagon officials said….
The study, which will be presented to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen on Wednesday, is expected to be publicly released Thursday. The report concludes that officer performance evaluations, which often obscure shortcomings to preserve officers’ careers, need to be more forthright and honest, officials familiar with the report said.
The inquiry, which was led by retired Adm. Vernon E. Clark and former Army secretary Togo D. West Jr., also calls on the Pentagon to ensure that it fully staffs FBI-run Joint Terrorism Task Forces so that information collected by other government agencies about potential contacts between troops and terrorist groups is shared promptly with the Defense Department. And it recommends that the department designate one place to coordinate with other government agencies and assess internal threats.
Cleaning up the OER/NCOER processes to weed out substandard/dangerous members will be a tough task. The only way I can see that would work would be for other members, such as the multiple members disturbed by Hasan’s rantings, to be able to raise the red flags at some command level higher than the local one. And then how do you get around the problem of “going past the chain of command”? A thorny problem. Hasan should have never made it past Lt. without getting the boot.