4 years after Fort Hood: Are bases any safer?

4 years after Fort Hood: Are bases any safer?

On Monday, nearly four years after the last mass shooting at a U.S. military base, a heavily armed contractor gunned down 12 defense employees at a supposedly secure Navy base in the nation’s capital.

As investigators sort through the details, the tragedy prompts questions of whether the work done after the last massacre — the highly publicized Fort Hood shootings, which left 13 dead and 32 others wounded — made military facilities any safer.

On Tuesday, a senior Pentagon official said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was set to order a review of physical security and access at all DoD installations worldwide.

“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 official said.

Police have identified the apparent shooter as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old veteran and employee of a defense contractor with an access card to the southeast Washington military facility.

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