Nov 17, 2009 10:57 AM by Anne Gearan, Pauline Jelinek
The Defense Department will launch a broad investigation in light of the Fort Hood shootings that looks at how all the military services keep a watch on potential problems in their ranks. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said the probe will hit all corners of the Pentagon. In an interview, he said it's in the planning stages and that the issues raised by the case of accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan are larger than the Army. He said Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants a unified look at procedures. The investigation also will involve questions that Morrell described as immediate, although he declined to be specific. Morrell said some questions will take longer to frame and sort through.