DoD Details Security Review After Navy Yard Shootings

Story by Sgt. 1st Class DeRon Johnson, DoDLive Guest Blogger

On Sept. 25 Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter detailed Defense Secretary-mandated security reviews in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings. He briefed reporters on the two reviews, along with a third examination that will be conducted by an independent panel. Together, the efforts will analyze physical security measures at U.S. military installations, security clearance processing procedures and emergency response plans.


The following is a recap of events leading up to the press conference:

  • On Sept. 18, Secretary Hagel assigned Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to lead two department-wide reviews. The first would examine physical security and access procedures at all DoD installations, the secretary said. In the second, DoD’s practices and procedures for granting and renewing security clearances, including those held by contractors, will be reviewed.
  • President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel were among the national leaders who gathered on Sept. 22 for a memorial service honoring those killed.

“Today we come together … to begin a long road of healing and recovery.”

- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

  • Finally, on Sept. 23 the Navy recommended three changes to security procedures following the Washington Navy Yard shooting. One recommendation is that all Office of Personnel Management investigative reports include any available police documents related to the subject of a background investigation. The second is to “require senior-level accountability on all detachment of individual evaluations/fitness reports.”


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