Pentagon to review programs for foreign nationals after deadly Pensacola attack
Added 12-08-19 12:18:02pm EST - “US military bases were put on alert after the Pensacola navy base shooting ?" and there will now be a major review into how foreign nationals on military exchange programs are vetted, Secretar?” - Nypost.com
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US military bases were put on alert after the Pensacola navy base shooting — and there will now be a major review into how foreign nationals on military exchange programs are vetted, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Sunday.
“One of the first things I did in the wake of this incident was … immediately put out an advisory to all of our bases, installations and facilities,” Esper told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
The advisory was to insist that “all necessary precautions” were being made “to make sure our people are safe and secure” after the attack that killed three US Navy students.
Esper was referring to the Pentagon programs that train more than 5,000 foreign nationals, including 852 Saudis such as the Pensacola killer, Saudi Royal Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
“I asked that we begin a review of what our screening procedures are with regard to foreign nationals coming to the United States,” Esper told Fox.
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