Armed Forces News

The individual armed services should take steps to improve and better monitor the systems used to screen individuals who enter installations, the government’s chief watchdog believes.
In an Aug 22 report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated that the Defense Department did know enough about how much each installation used the security systems they have in place.
Issues center upon uneven and incomplete guidance regarding the use of physical access control systems (PACS), which scan the credentials of persons who wish to gain access to DoD facilities. While the Defense Manpower Data Center has developed the PACS in use by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, the Army has developed their own PACS independently. Both systems connect to the Defense Department’s system that validates the identity checks.
Also, while the Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency have monitored the use of PACS, the other services have not.
The move to improve the identification system stems from past incidents at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009, and Washington Navy Yard, D.C., in 2013. Gunmen killed and wounded persons on both occasions. Subsequent independent reviews determined that stronger access controls are necessary.