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New security measures after NAS Pensacola shooting should provide a 'much higher degree of confidence,' Esper says
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday acknowledged that a deadly shooting at this Florida military base had raised concerns about international students, but said new security measures should provide a "much higher degree of confidence."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Thursday it would soon announce a resumption in operational training of Saudi military officers in the United States, suspended after a Saudi officer's fatal shooting of three Americans at a Florida naval base last month.
The U.S. military grounded Saudi pilots and restricted the some 850 visiting Saudi military personnel in the country to classroom training as part of a "safety stand-down" during which time it reviewed vetting procedures.
'It boggles the mind' — Federal judge blasts lax security at NAS Key West following Chinese intrusion
A federal judge called security at one of the U.S. Navy's bases in Key West lax at best and "foolish," days after two Chinese nationals entered a military property by simply ignoring the guard at the entrance and driving through.
"It boggles the mind," said U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow, on the bench in Key West on Friday.
But, Snow added, the case at hand remains a troubling one.
U.S. military bases are tightening their security after Iran vowed retaliation in response to the U.S. killing of top Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
In a statement sent to Task & Purpose, U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for all bases in the continental U.S. and Alaska, stated that it is "implementing additional force protection condition measures to increase security and awareness for all installations in the U.S. NORTHCOM area of responsibility."
An armed suspect was taken into custody at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Wednesday morning after a brief lockdown period, according to the Texas base's Facebook account.
Though the exact nature of the incident is unclear, base officials wrote that no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
At least 10 individuals either known to be or believed to be terrorists attempted to gain access to U.S. Army installations in 2018, according to an Army Crime Report for Fiscal Year 2018 that was obtained by Task & Purpose.