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Army Internal Follow-On Review of Force Protection

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army's comments on the release of the Fort Hood Internal Review Report :

"This tragedy caused us to take a hard look at ourselves over the last year. We are committed to ensuring the men and women and their families, who step forward and serve in these very challenging times, can rely upon us to take care of them in every way possible. "

- Secretary of the Army John McHugh

"While we know we can never eliminate every potential threat, we've learned from the events at Fort Hood. We have made significant progress, particularly in threat awareness and reporting, coordination in intelligence sharing, and training for our security forces, but our work is not done."

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr.

Army Releases Fort Hood Internal Review Report

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"No one solution is going to address adequately how we protect our Soldiers and our family members and our citizens. It is going to take a constant reassessment of exactly what we are up against, and what we think is the best way to mitigate it."

- Mary "Chris" Frels, deputy provost marshal for U.S. Army North, during a remembrance ceremony in Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 5, 2010, while stressing that there is no simple answer for protecting the force and preventing another incident like the Fort Hood shooting, also emphasized on need for vigilance.

Fort Hood lessons promote better force protection

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Internal Follow-On Review of Force Protection

What is it?

In the wake of the November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, the Army released its internal follow-on review of force protection policies, programs and procedures. The report, the Army's portion of the larger Department of Defense-led effort, outlines concrete and specific actions to mitigate threats, better ensure force protection and more effectively share information across organizations.

What has the Army done so far?

The Army has implemented or is taking definitive action on 66 of the 79 DoD Independent Review Panel recommendations. (DOD is the lead agency for the remaining 13 recommendations and the Army is working with DOD to determine specific future actions.)

What will the Army do?

The initiatives outlined by the Army’s internal review team have and will improve the Army’s ability to mitigate internal threats, better ensure force protection, enable emergency response and provide care for the victims and families. The Army is committed to doing all it can and will, as part of a larger DOD effort. Approved recommendations will be tracked within the Army Campaign Plan.

The Army has instituted several major changes as a result of the Internal Review to include:

• Developed and implemented the Threat Awareness and Reporting Program. Centered on identifying and reporting 'insider threats' and emphasizing Soldier awareness and reporting, this new program created the Counterintelligence Fusion Cell and developed systems to improve information sharing within the Army and with other agencies.

• Developed and implemented the iWatch and iSalute programs. The iWatch program is a 21st century version of the neighborhood watch program and integrates terrorism prevention and suspicious activity reporting. The iSalute program is an online counterintelligence reporting system through the Army's main intranet and primary web portal, Army Knowledge Online. Soldiers, family members and Department of the Army employees can now electronically file reports that will initiate an interview with Army counterintelligence personnel.

• Added "active victim" training to the Army’s annual anti-terrorism awareness training, in order to train our workforce on actions to take if caught in an active shooter event.

• Instituted a traumatic event management program that has trained 95 medical specialists and chaplains to date.

• Upgraded telephone alert systems on 26 installations to comply with information assurance and network standards.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is committed to the safety of our installations and the welfare of those who live and work on them every day. Installation commanders will be provided the tools needed to make this happen. We will continue to work with OSD to build on, improve and share those lessons learned to keep our Soldiers, civilians and families safe on Army installations and joint bases world wide.

Resources:

Fort Hood Internal Review Report

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