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By David Larter, Staff writer
The command of then-Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Aaron Alexis should have flagged him as a security risk while he was in the Navy, allowing Alexis’ supervisors to connect the dots between his troubling behavior and run-ins with authorities, three reports released in mid-March have found.
Investigations by the Defense Department, the Navy and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform all concluded that Fleet Logistics Squadron 46 failed to report several troubling incidents that raised questions about whether he should have held his “secret” clearance.
The Navy’s report largely blames Alexis’ supervisors and co-workers at The Experts and at Hewlett-Packard, the prime contractor, for not reporting his alarming behavior in the months before Alexis killed 12 employees at Naval Sea Systems Command on Sept. 16. But it also highlights that VR-46 officials could have done more.