Will heads roll in Pentagon probe of Fort Hood shootings?
The Pentagon review will recommend disciplinary action if it finds individuals failed to do their job in the run up to Fort Hood shootings, officials say. The alleged shooter is an Army psychiatrist who reportedly exhibited some troubling behavior.
Military officials investigating failures in the wake of the Fort Hood shootings may recommend that individuals be held accountable for failing to perform their duties.
Such a move would be notable for a military grappling with how to prevent another tragedy when the perpetrator is one of its own, as in the case of alleged Fort Hood shooter Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Such disciplinary action could create a new expectation that all service members must learn to be more vigilant.
The two retired military officials leading the Pentagon's review of the shootings visited Fort Hood Tuesday and vowed to identify "programs, policies or procedural weaknesses" within the Defense Department that may have allowed the shooting to happen. The investigators emphasized that they were not looking to pin the blame on someone.
But if the review finds that individuals were derelict in their duty, those individuals could be recommended for disciplinary action, according to another military official. "It's pretty clear that one of the expectations is to do just that," said the official, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the issue.
"If they saw something that a responsible person would say, 'hey, this is not right, this is not consistent with the values of military service,' then I think they do have an obligation to either confront the individual, which may or may not have happened, or to highlight that to supervisory personnel, which may or may not have happened," the official said.