Following the tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2009, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates established the Department of Defense Independent Review Related to Fort Hood to examine the circumstances behind this tragedy.

He directed that the assembled group to conduct the investigation and to report back to him by Jan. 15, 2010, with recommendations to identify and address possible deficiencies in:

- the Department of Defense's programs, policies, processes, and procedures related to force protection and identifying DoD employees who could potentially pose credible threats to themselves or others;

- the sufficiency of the Department of Defense's emergency response to mass casualty situations at DoD facilities and the response to care for victims and families in the aftermath of mass casualty events;

- the sufficiency of programs, policies, processes, and procedures for the support and care of healthcare providers while caring for beneficiaries suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other mental and emotional wounds and injuries;

- the adequacy of Army programs, policies, processes, and procedures as applied to the alleged perpetrator.

After conducting the review, the assembled group reached a number of conclusions and made corresponding recommendations. These recommendations are reflected in the full report which is available for download at the link below.

<a href="http://www.defense.gov/pubs/pdfs/DOD-ProtectingTheForce-Web_Security_HR_13Jan10.pdf" target="_blank">Protecting the Force: Lessons learned from Fort Hood</a>
(12.0 mb pdf download. Please right-click and select 'Save As.')

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