The Pensacola Shooting: When Trust Among Allies Fails

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The U.S. is considering whether it will expel more than a dozen Saudi Arabian military students after a shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida last month that killed three people and injured eight others.

In the aftermath of the shooting, the Pentagon ordered a review of how DoD screens the roughly 5,000 foreign military students who train in the US, including roughly 850 Saudi trainees.  The review was completed less than two weeks after the shooting and according to The Washington Post, the screening process was updated to include an automated review of government databases, commercial data and publicly available information on the applicants, assumed to include social media postings, before they arrive in the US.

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