How COVID-19 Could Permanently Transform the U.S. Military by Loren Thompson – Forbes

When I first got into the defense business 30 years ago, I would often hail a taxi on the streets of Washington, ride it into the bowels of the Pentagon, and then walk into the building unchallenged. No badge required.

The rise of global terrorism changed all that. After 9/11, the Pentagon became an armed fortress—which it remains today. If I tried to enter the building today the way I did in the old days, I would be gunned down by guards wielding automatic weapons.

Although terrorism now seems to be in retreat around the world, chances are that strangers will never again be able to walk into the Pentagon unchallenged—or any other federal building for that matter.

When it comes to building security, there is a new normal…

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