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Analysis: Vice Admiral Peter Daly Addresses Security Issues At U.S. Naval Bases

Law enforcement personnel are seen through the gate into the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. At least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and officials said several people were killed and more were wounded, including a law enforcement officer.
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Law enforcement personnel are seen through the gate into the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. At least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and officials said several people were killed and more were wounded, including a law enforcement officer.

Today's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has prompted Navy leaders to look closely at the security in place at naval bases around the country. Police have identified 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Ft. Worth, Tex. as the man responsible for fatally shooting at least 12 people. Alexis, who is confirmed dead, was a civilian contractor. Vice Admiral Peter Daly joined WAMU 88.5 to talk about what questions this raises for security at U.S. Naval Bases. Following are some of the issues he discussed.

On how the shooter entered the Navy Yard installation and what sort of security barriers that person would encounter along the way. Daly said it would make a big difference whether this was an inside job or not.

On the significance of the building where the shooting took place. Daly said the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command is where most of the important people are located. The Associated Press hasn't confirmed whether it is clear that he had taken someone else's security clearances.

The Naval Sea Systems Command was located in Crystal City until the late 1990s. Daly explains why they moved the headquarters to the Navy Yard.

On how can we expect Navy leaders to revise security policies following this attack.

Vice Admiral Peter Daly is Chief Executive Officer of the United States Naval Institute.

Audio will be available shortly.

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