The Department of Defense announced steps its taking Thursday to expand how it shares and disseminates information on terrorist threats to the military here and overseas.

A Pentagon statement Thursday lists four steps being taken to address gaps in military security in response to the November shootings at Fort Hood in which 13 people died and 39 others were injured.

The Pentagon said it is expanding an FBI-operated threat reporting system to handle suspicious incident reports and completing deployment of a database that will allow all Defense Department law enforcement to share criminal investigation and other law enforcement details.

The position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs will be created to work with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and Defense Department anti-terrorism training also will incorporate lessons from the Fort Hood massacre.

The actions follow up on 26 of 79 recommendations made by a panel appointed to review the shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

The report was released in January and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said then it “raises serious questions” about the military’s ability to cope with security threats within its ranks.

In a statement released late Thursday afternoon, Fort Hood officials said they’re “reexamining all preventative actions and policies to preclude another tragedy from happening again.”

Download the DOD’s PDF “Protecting the Force: Lessons Learned from Ford Hood.”
Source: KWTX

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