The Army announced it was launching an investigation Thursday into whether any Army personnel should have been able to prevent November’s deadly attack at Fort Hood, Texas. It will also recommend punishment for anyone found responsible.
Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder
“I have directed Gen. Carter Ham to conduct an accountability review to identify whether any personnel were responsible for failures or deficiencies in applying Army programs, policies, and procedures to the alleged assailant,” Army Secretary John McHugh said in a statement. “Further, he will provide a recommendation as to whether disciplinary or adverse action is warranted by each finding, and if so, the nature of such disciplinary or adverse action and the basis for such recommendation.”
Ham is the commander of U.S. Army Europe. The Army’s investigation follows inquiries previously undertaken by the White House and the Pentagon.