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Pentagon public affairs tricks: The special Fort Hood shooting edition

When I was a Pentagon reporter I always stayed on alert on Friday afternoons late in August. Not many reporters are around. Not many sources are around. And even if they are, there aren’t as many readers or viewers to see the news stories that result. I mention this because the Pentagon just released its ...

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

When I was a Pentagon reporter I always stayed on alert on Friday afternoons late in August. Not many reporters are around. Not many sources are around. And even if they are, there aren’t as many readers or viewers to see the news stories that result.

I mention this because the Pentagon just released its final review of the recommendations resulting from the Fort Hood shootings of last November.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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