Gates: Military Ill-Prepared To Thwart Threats From Within

Posted by | January 15, 2010 11:20 | Filed under: Top Stories

Defense Secretary Robert Gates (right) says the military’s ability to ward off threats from within its own ranks is outdated and ineffective.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.

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