TThe Army, Navy and Marine Corps are not adequately monitoring access to their bases years after the deadly mass shootings at facilities in Fort Hood, Texas and Washington, D.C., says a federal guard dog.
The government responsibility office he found that only the Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency track the use of physical access control systems, which are designed to examine those who wish to enter the bases looking for government databases. The office found that there is no clear Pentagon directive on the matter.
"The Air Force and the DLA have monitored the use of PACS in their facilities, but the Army, Navy and Marine Corps have not done so. Army, Navy and Marine Corps installation officials stated that no they monitor the use of PACS in their facilities because there is no requirement to do so, "said the report.
The army has suffered two high-profile shootings on bases in the last decade. Former Army major and psychiatrist, Nidal Hasan, killed 13 people and wounded 42 when he went to shoot in Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009. He is sentenced to death at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Four years later, Navy contractor Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12 people and wounded four in the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, before police killed him.
They are the two deadliest mass shootings that take place at US military bases. UU.
The security forces at the base use physical access control systems to scan the credentials of a member of the Department of Defense. That scan is connected to a central system that determines "access fitness" based on criminal records and information about whether the individual is a "known or suspected terrorist" extracted from government databases. The central system "continuously examines this ability for subsequent visits."
The system "has identified more than 42,000 instances of individuals who were granted access to a DOD facility and subsequently issued a felony order," the report said.
The failure of most services to monitor the use of the access system is problematic because it prevents the Pentagon from assessing the effectiveness of the system and "making informed risk-based decisions to safeguard personnel and mission-critical installation assets and high value".
The GAO report found that the Army, Navy and Marine Corps "do not know to what extent PACS are used in more than 100 facilities."
In addition to the problem are the Pentagon's registered problems with the central system, which has suffered frozen screens and defective equipment.
The GAO report recommended the Pentagon's mandate that all services oversee their use of the systems and develop a plan to address any technical problem. The Pentagon has agreed to implement the recommendations.