Due to several domestic attacks against US military personnel, Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered military services to come up with new security measures. These measures will include arming more US troops, increasing security at off-base sites, and working with local law enforcement.
Carter states that he wants military services to install mass warning systems, qualify military personnel so they can carry arms at certain off-base sites, and begin relationships with local police. It should be noted that not all military personnel will be carrying weapons, which some rumors have said.
In addition, the Secretary also ordered that security surveys be conducted at about 7000 off-base sites which will include reserve centers, recruiting stations, and ROTC units. These surveys will be used to set priorities as to where funding for increased security is most urgently needed.
To ensure that his orders are not drawn out, Carter has ordered that these new systems and measures be in place no later than April of next year, but some measures must be in place before the close of this year.
These new measures are due to several attacks on US military personnel going back to the Nidal Malik Hasan attack at Fort Hood in 2009, to the recent Mohammed Abdulazeez attack on four Marines and one sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 16th of this year.
More than a few military commanders have recommended that more be done to protect personnel from lone wolf attackers, with many stating that these kinds of attacks may become the most serious threats to service personnel who are stationed in the US. Also, these types of attacks are not likely to stop anytime soon.
Even so, the Pentagon is not eager to arm all military personnel, even though some lawmakers have suggested that this happen. Under existing DoD policies, commanders are allowed to arm personnel who are qualified but not normally working as military police if threat conditions exist.
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