WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering the Pentagon to review the physical security of all U.S. defense facilities worldwide and the security clearances that allow access to them in response to a shooting rampage at a Navy complex in Washington.
Hagel is also tasking an independent panel to undertake the same reviews. He said Wednesday that "where there are gaps, we will close them."
A dozen people were killed in the shooting Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. The shooter, Aaron Alexis, was also killed.
Alexis, a former Navy reservist, had been undergoing mental health treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs since August but was not stripped of his security clearance. The assault is raising more questions about the adequacy of the background checks done on contract employees.
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