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GAO: Pentagon Should Use Insider Threat Data in Force Protection Programs

operational-security1The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Defense Department adopt strategies to ensure that insider threat prevention measures are implemented at U.S. military bases.

GAO said Thursday it reviewed the department’s efforts to protect its military installations against insider threats and terrorists following the shooting incidents at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 and at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013.

The department has updated some of its force protection guidelines and policies as well as launched programs to assess military workplace violence risks and train personnel to respond to an active shooter, according to GAO.

However, the agency found that DoD does not consistently use web portals and data sharing tools to inform personnel about actions taken to prevent insider threats.

GAO also urged the department to implement methods for monitoring and reporting of suspicious activities at military posts across the U.S.

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