Saturday, September 21, 2013

Gunman's employer sought Navy consulting work day after rampage


Navy Times reports — “A little more than 24 hours after an IT contractor shot a dozen workers at the Washington Navy Yard, the company’s CEO told the Navy secretary he had the experience to help improve military security.

The email from The Experts chief Thomas Hoshko, which included descriptions of his background and expertise, stunned some Navy leaders in the wake of the shootings Monday that left 13 people dead, including the gunman, former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis.

The correspondence also fueled concern about what defense officials believe may have been failures by the company to alert the military about Alexis’ apparent mental health problems.

In the email, which The Associated Press obtained, Hoshko said he was “dramatically” affected by the shootings and wrote that “my heart and prayers go out to the families and friends of those innocent victims.”

But the email quickly moves on, with Hoshko laying out his work experience and offering his services. He wrote that he was “confident that I can provide valuable input and solutions to the process that will provide better security for the military, contractors and civilians.”

Navy officials confirmed that email was sent to Secretary Ray Mabus. They declined to characterize its contents.”



Food for thought:  It’s appalling how defense contractors view tragedy as an opportunity to generate more business.

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