Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. (Mike Morones / Staff)
WASHINGTON — The 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan led to a sweeping Pentagon review designed to find ways for commanders to more readily detect “insider threats” and better protect servicemen at military bases.
Hasan killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others in the shooting spree before being shot and injured by post police responding to the incident.
A report published in January 2010 found the initial response was “prompt and effective.” First responders arrived on the scene less than three minutes after the initial 911 call. A minute and a half later, Hasan was incapacitated.
But the report said the military needed to improve in its ability to identify people who are potential threats.
It recommended that the Defense Department update training and education and coordinate with the FBI, which has studied behavioral traits that might provide an early warning of potential violence.
The report also recommended that the Defense Department develop procedures to better share information among agencies so commanders would know of any adverse information in an individual’s past.
Several months after the report was published, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered the implementation of a number of the report’s recommendations, including the expansion of a database for military commanders to get access to law enforcement and criminal information.
He also ordered that the department strengthen its anti-terrorism training program by incorporating the lessons learned from the Hasan shooting.