Gates Calls for Ramping Up Internal Security

Friday, January 15, 2010

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that an investigation into the Fort Hood, Texas shootings found the military isn't sufficiently prepared to prevent similar attacks in the future.

The Associated Press reports that Gates said, "it is clear that as a department we have not done enough to adapt to the evolving internal security threat." The secretary also said it demonstrates that the Pentagon "is burdened by 20th century processes and attitudes mostly rooted in the Cold War."

Gates directed Army Secretary John McHugh to make changes and expects new policies to be in place by summer. Commanders, he said, were encouraged to intervene if they someone within the ranks appears to be a threat.

As many as eight Army officers could face discipline for failing to do anything when the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood rampage, Army Major Nidal Hasan, displayed erratic behavior early in his military career, two officials familiar with the case said.

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