'Rapid' security review ordered for all Navy bases in the United States
By Jeremy Herb - 09/17/13 02:01 PM ET
The Navy said it would conduct a rapid review of its security in the wake of Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Tuesday called for the review of security procedures for both the Navy and Marine Corps.
"Our sailors, Marines and civilians are familiar with the dangers of service, but our security is something we can never take for granted," Mabus said in a statement. "I ordered a review of every Navy and Marine Corps base in the United States to ensure that we live up to our responsibility of taking care of our people.”
Mabus said he wants the report completed in two weeks, by Oct. 1.
The FBI has identified Aaron Alexis as the shooter in Monday’s attack, which left 13 people, including the gunman, dead. The FBI said Alexis, 34, was a military contractor who had access to the Navy Yard.
An Pentagon inspector general report that’s due to be released within the next month found the Navy “did not effectively mitigate access control risks” to bases, including the Navy Yard, in the way it cleared non-government employees.
The draft report found 52 convicted felons had routine, unauthorized access to bases, according to congressional aides.
The Navy’s security review will be led by Adm. William Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Lt. Gen. Rick Tryon, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, will lead the Marines security review.