Pentagon security officials announced new security measures Thursday that include more random screening of visitors and Defense Department
workers, a wider security perimeter and more lighting around the
building’s main entrance, following a shooting there last month that left the gunman dead and two police officers injured.
The changes will be most noticeable at the busy southeast side of the building near the Metro station, according to the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, which already has installed more lighting and stationed police officers closer to the station’s escalators.
“We’ve had a lot of things in place here since 9/11, but the March
4th incident and other incidents have caused us to really look at
this,” said PFPA Director Steven E. Calvery in reference to the March shooting and last year’s massacre in Fort Hood, Tex., that left 13 people dead.
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