Pentagon to order global security review

Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelWhile our foes deploy hypersonic weapons, Washington debates about funding Hillicon Valley: Democrats request counterintelligence briefing | New pressure for election funding | Republicans urge retaliation against Chinese hackers National security leaders, advocacy groups urge Congress to send election funds to states MORE plans to order a security review for United States military bases worldwide in response to Monday's mass shooting, according to a senior Pentagon official.

The official said Hagel is working with senior officials to determine the process for the review, which could be formally announced as early as Wednesday.

The Navy has already announced plans to conduct a rapid review of its security in response to the attack 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.

— This story was first posted at 2:01 p.m. and has been updated.