Cost-Cutting Navy Yard Was Poorly Protected: Report
Aaron Alexis worked for Navy subcontractor
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 17, 2013 4:57 AM CDT
Staff of the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters exchange a salute while being greeted by family and friends as they are bused from the Washington Navy Yard to Nationals Park, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – The Navy Yard attacked yesterday hadn't adequately guarded itself when it came to contractor access, an upcoming report finds. Seeking "to reduce access-control costs," the Navy "did not effectively mitigate access-control risks associated with contractor-installation access," says the report, begun in August 2012 by the Pentagon's inspector general. The inspector general's website last month said the report was due for release within 30 days, Time notes. The report finds that "convicted felons received routine unauthorized installation access, placing military personnel, attendants, (and) civilians in installations at an increased security risk."

Alleged shooter Aaron Alexis, who was reportedly once arrested, worked for a military subcontractor, the New York Times notes. The Washington Post reports that he worked with computers for a firm called The Experts. Alexis is now believed to have held a valid ID badge when he accessed the yard; his security clearance had been updated in July. He was given a "general discharge" from the Navy Reserve in 2011; that points to likely concerns over his time in the service, the Post notes. DC Mayor Vincent Gray says the motive is unknown, but investigators are looking into whether the discharge had anything to do with it.

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Sep 18, 2013 10:05 AM CDT
doh do ya think? doh!
Sep 17, 2013 11:31 PM CDT
Hilarious to see Lefties complaining about 'sequester' cuts to the military when they've been pushing for drastic 1/3 to 1/2 defense budget cuts for the past 50 years.
Sep 17, 2013 10:03 PM CDT
I worked as a contractor for the DOD and the FBI supposedly did our background checks, at least that's what we were told. So the base commander and base security aren't at fault here, they just have you fill out the forms and someone higher up does the background checks. It's not done at the base level. Someone dropped the ball here, he should never have gotten through the background check....well....I don't know that for sure, come to think of it, I had to have a Secret clearance, and for all I know he didn't need that high a clearance for whatever his job was. So maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. Move along, nothing to see here. I think I'll have another beer and be quiet while you guys find fault with whoever you want. Knowing how things are now, they probably subcontracted out the background checks to a private firm. They've been subcontracting out more and more in the last couple decades. It creates jobs, and makes politicians happy. And of course the politicians always claim that anything can be done cheaper and better if it's subcontracted out to a private firm. Heck, the Army doesn't even feed itself anymore, it's subcontracted out to Halliburton or one of it's subsidiaries.