The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Final Fort Hood Shooting Review Released

Department of Defense Memorandum: Final Recommendations of the Ft. Hood Follow-on Review The Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday released its final review of recommendations issued by an independent panel in regards to the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood Shootings. The DOD will place priority on the following: • Educating commanders about the symptoms of potential workplace violence and the tools available to them to address it; • Ensuring commander and supervisor access to appropriate information in personnel records throughout a service member’s career; • Improving law enforcement and force protection information sharing with partner agencies and among installations to ensure that all relevant personnel are aware of and able to analyze and respond to potential threats; • Expanding installations’ emergency response capabilities, to include enabling enhanced 911 to notify dispatchers of a caller’s location, mass notification and warning systems to guide installation personnel and emergency responders to an emergency, and a common operating picture to ensure that emergency responders have access to real-time information in a crisis; • Integrating force protection policy through the creation of a consultative and policy-making body which will bring together the various entities across the department with force protection responsibilities; and • Ensuring that we provide top quality health care to our service-members and our healthcare providers though the hiring of additional healthcare providers - particularly in the mental health field - and ensuring that healthcare providers receive appropriate post-deployment respite and dwell time. In January, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs released their Preliminary Recommendations in the Fort Hood Investigation. Days later, the DOD released Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood, a thorough review of the Fort Hood shooter’s training and military records along with a quality review of the care he provided to patients during his career.” That report recommended that the military should focus more resources on identifying service members who might pose a threat to their colleagues.