May 20, 2015
KVOA-TV -- Tucson -- May 8, 2015
Military installations, including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca, are increasing security because of an increased terrorism threat.
All Department of Defense facilities are at “Force Protection Bravo” for the first time in about 4 years. The increased threat level is not related to any specific danger, according to DoD officials.
Southern Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally just returned from the Middle East where she learned more about the war against ISIS.
“Their intent is certainly not to just set up a territory and stay there, right? They want to set up a caliphate. They want to continue to have it grow. They want these governments in the Middle East to collapse,” McSally said. “And they certainly want to then attack us and our way of life.”
McSally said Americans acting on their own are the greatest terrorism threats, but citizens who have traveled to Iraq or Syria can also be dangerous.
“They can just come in through the airport and they're here in America after they have been sort of trained on the battlefield,” McSally said.
Raytheon Missile Systems is also increasing security on its properties. Public Relations Director John Patterson e-mailed a statement.
"In alignment with U.S. government direction, Raytheon Missile Systems has implemented enhanced security measures at its Tucson operations,” Patterson wrote. “Employee safety is our top priority. We will remain at this increased security level until further notice."
A representative at Davis-Monthan was not able to disclose the specific security changes, but entering the installation may take longer than usual.