Fort Hood Report Lessons Learned...Now Lets Apply Them!

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov 9, 2010) -- The Army must establish a policy for contract security guards in an "active shooter scenario," to clearly define their authority and responsibilities in a scenario such as the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead and 31 wounded.

That's one of the recommendations of a 120-page report just released that reviews Army force-protection and emergency-response programs, policies and procedures. An Army internal review team took a look at the service's ability, below the headquarters level, to identify internal threats. Continue reading

Guys there are numerous lessons and I might add repeated lessons from this tragedy and many other cases of workplace violence we have experienced here in the recent and distant past.  Read this article and the full 120 page report from the Army internal review team and ask, what was the failure? What were the critical tasks that went unfulfilled or incomplete? Think about the pathways to this misfortune and then ask, what is it we need to do to improve our effectiveness in detecting, deterring, disrupting,preventing, or responding to these types of crises.

The report lays out numerous lessons learned but the one that stuck out in my mind on page 7 is IN GENERAL the Army has sufficient personnel policy guidance for implementing personnel support programs and services. This brings the question to mind ARE They IMPLENTING THE POLICY? Are they living and breathing what is in the written word? if not the policy means nothing! I think its great they did the research on best practices for handling these types of unpredictable, BLACK SWAN events. The report lays out prevention measures, active shooter response, training and leadership requirements to improve. We have seen this all before, Columbine, Virginia Tech, and numerous workplace incidents.

The report is an outstanding one and admits to the short falls and states, OUR CURRENT PROTECTION PROCEDURES FALL SHORT of synchronizing policy, establishing priorities and allocating resources to achieve the desired end state. I think anyone reading this report will find this bolded statement and many more lessons learned in the report sounding all to familiar. All we have to do is start walking our talk and we will start preventing many of these events from catching us by surprise. Is it hard work? Yes! But it is work we must strive to get done. We know what to do! Now lets start doing it!

Stay Oriented!

Fred