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This past August, the Defense Science Board (DSB) released its findings and recommendations from the report given by the Task Force on Predicting Violent Behavior. Initially, the Task Force was created by the Department of Defense (DOD) in the aftermath of the shooting at Ft. Hood in 2009, and has since focused its research efforts on the subject of “targeted violence” and its perpetrators. For all intents and purposes, targeted violence and its perpetrators are defined as “those individuals who conduct pre-meditated attacks against specific individuals, populations, or facilities”, according to the Chairman of the DSB Dr. Paul Kaminksi. Overall, the Task Force sought to develop “strategies and guidelines to enhance the ability of the Department of Defense to identify and intervene with individuals linked to military facilities or personnel that may pose a threat within the work environment.”