- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel intends to order a review of physical security and access at all U.S. defense installations worldwide, a senior Pentagon official said on background.

Mr. Hagel was collecting input from senior leaders Tuesday to define the parameters of this review, which could be announced as soon as Wednesday.

The decision follows Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ decision to direct a “rapid review” of Navy and Marine Corps security procedures at military bases in the U.S. by Oct. 1.

“Our sailors, Marines and civilians are familiar with the dangers of service, but our security is something we can never take for granted,” Mr. Mabus said. “I ordered a review of every Navy and Marine Corps base in the United States to ensure that we live up to our responsibility of taking care of our people.”

Adm. William E. Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, will lead the review for the Navy, and Lt. Gen. Rick Tryon, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, will lead the review for the Marine Corps.

• Kristina Wong can be reached at kwong@washingtontimes.com.

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