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Washington Navy Yard: Review of security procedures ordered after shooting

A review of various security procedures have been ordered in the immediate aftermath of the brazen mass shooting inside the highly secure Navy Yard in the US capital that killed 13 persons including the alleged shooter.



Washington: A review of various security procedures have been ordered in the immediate aftermath of the brazen mass shooting inside the highly secure Navy Yard in the US capital that killed 13 persons including the alleged shooter.

The White House said review of security clearance procedures for certain contractors has been ordered.

The alleged shooter Aaron Alexis was a defense contractor.

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has also called for a review of security postures of all defence installations globally.

The Navy has also announced rapid review of security at navy and Marine Corps installations in view of the brazen act of mass shooting by Alexis, in which he killed 12 people including an Indian American on Monday.

"At the (US) President`s direction, OMB (Office of Management of Budget) is examining standards for contractors and employees across federal agencies," the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said yesterday.

The Director of National Intelligence is currently undertaking a review of security clearance policy for certain contractors, he added.

The US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of physical security and access at all defence installations worldwide, a senior Pentagon official said, after the eminent American news outlet reported in this regard.

"The Secretary is collecting inputs from senior leaders today to define the parameters of this review, which could be formally announced as soon as tomorrow," the senior Pentagon official said on condition of anonymity.

And finally, US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, ordered a "rapid review" of security at navy and Marine Corps installations.

"Our Sailors, Marines, and civilians are familiar with the dangers of service, but our security is something we can never take for granted," she said.

"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," he added.

The review is to be submitted to Mabus by October 1, two weeks after the Washington Navy Yard shooting September 16.

The Navy also issued an order to account for Navy personnel and their families in response to the events that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard.

Later yesterday, US President received a briefing from the Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director James Comey, and members of his National Security team about the shooting.

PTI

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