Gates: Military Ill-Prepared To Thwart Threats From Within
Defense Secretary Robert Gates (right) says the military’s ability to ward off threats from within its own ranks is outdated and ineffective. This is based on a review of the November 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood.
Mr. Gates cited significant failings to communicate about internal threats to the security of personnel, as well as a lack of supervision over Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the military psychiatrist accused of the shootings.
As many as eight mid-ranking officers could be reprimanded, accused of failing to properly supervise Hasan, amid fears of continued internal security threats.
The preliminary review was conducted by Togo West, a former Secretary of the Army, and Adm. Vern Clark, a former Chief of Naval Operations.
“It is clear that, as a department, we have not done enough to adapt to the evolving domestic internal security threat to American troops and military facilities that has emerged over the past decade,” Mr. Gates said.Click here for reuse options!
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