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In the days before he killed three people and himself at Fort Hood, Specialist Ivan Lopez had been 'under diagnosis' for post-traumatic stress disorder, 'but he had not yet been diagnosed.'
Fort Hood shooting suspect was being diagnosed for PTSD and claimed other mental health issues. The rates of suicide and domestic violence have increased during the years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, though it is unclear if an Iraq deployment played a role in this case.
Spc. Ivan Lopez, who authorities say killed three others and himself Wednesday at Fort Hood in Texas, reportedly was grappling with depression and anxiety. Authorities hint at a precipitating on-base event.
Fort Hood shooting: At Fort Hood, Texas, Wednesday, a troubled soldier who had served in Iraq and was said to have mental health issues shot and killed three fellow soldiers and wounded 16 others before killing himself.
In a carefully worded speech on cyber-security described as a study in 'strategic ambiguity,' Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also called for the development of offensive cyber-capabilities and investment in the Pentagon's Cyber Command.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair received no jail time or demotion in rank despite having a long-standing affair with a captain under his command and inappropriate relationships with three junior soldiers.
The reservist who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy yard had behaved 'in a way that raised concerns about his mental stability,' but the 'information was not reported ... as required,' the Pentagon review finds.
Advocacy groups say the plea deal, in which sexual assault charges were dropped against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, shows why military commanders should not have authority over such cases.
The military sexual assault bill largely prohibits the 'good soldier' defense. It passed just days after a more robust version failed to receive sufficient support amid opposition from the Pentagon.