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Gates announces review of Ft. Hood

Gates announces review of Ft. Hood

POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 12:28pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:06am

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is putting
former Army Secretary Togo West and former Navy chief Vernon Clark
in charge of a broad Pentagon review of the circumstances
surrounding the Fort Hood shootings.

Gates says the 45-day review will look into gaps in how the
military identifies service members who might be a threat to
others. It also will look at personnel and medical programs, and at
how well U.S. bases are able to respond to mass casualty incidents.

West was Army secretary in the mid-1990s and later became
secretary of veterans affairs. Clark was the chief of naval
operations from 2000 to 2005.

An administration official says the review will involve a number of components and call for a quick, short-term report, followed by a more extensive study.

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