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Fort Hood attacks report urges focus on those who may pose threat

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Pentagon correspondent Greg Jaffe:

A high-level Pentagon inquiry into the Fort Hood shootings that left 13 people dead has concluded that the military should focus more resources on identifying service members who might pose a threat to their colleagues and outlines a series of steps the Pentagon should take to prevent future attacks, Pentagon officials said.

The study, which will be presented to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen on Wednesday, is expected to be publicly released Thursday. One of the report's conclusions is that officer performance evaluations, which often obscure shortcomings in order to preserve officers' careers, need to be more forthright and honest, officials familiar with the report said.

The inquiry, which was led by retired Adm. Vernon Clark and former Army secretary Togo West, also calls on the Pentagon to ensure that it fully staffs FBI-run Joint Terrorism Task Forces so that information collected by other government agencies about potential contacts between troops and terrorist groups is shared promptly with the Defense Department. And it recommends that the Defense Department designate one place to coordinate with other government agencies and assess internal threats.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | January 12, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
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