Lax security at Washington Navy Yard persisted years after 2013 shooting
Security remained woefully inadequate at the Washington Navy Yard two years after a shooting which left 12 dead. The reason, according to a report obtained by the Navy Times? Money.
A review by the Navy’s Inspector General found that a number of security enhancements recommended after the attack were streamlined due to cost considerations. These included better training for security personnel, expanded security camera coverage and metal detector wands.
The reports go on to say that while the measures were recommended they were not required; employees who worked in the building desired them but the price tag was deemed too high.
In September, 2013, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist and military contractor, fatally shot 12 people and injured 3 others. The assault ended when Alexis was killed by police.