Pentagon Reviews Counterterror Measures Before 9/11 Anniversary

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Sept. 11, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

U.S. De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel met with Pres­id­ent Obama on Tues­day, a day be­fore the 12th an­niversary of the Sept. 11 at­tacks, to talk about inter-agency anti-ter­ror­ism pre­par­a­tions, the Pentagon said in a press re­lease.

Spokes­man George Little noted that the De­fense and State de­part­ments have worked over the past year to im­prove se­cur­ity pre­par­a­tions at U.S. em­bassies and dip­lo­mat­ic out­posts around the globe, in­clud­ing en­han­cing the du­ties in spe­cif­ic cir­cum­stances giv­en to Mar­ine guards.

On Sept. 12, 2012, a U.S. dip­lo­mat­ic out­post in Benghazi, Libya came un­der ex­trem­ist at­tack. Four U.S. State De­part­ment em­ploy­ees in­clud­ing the U.S. am­bas­sad­or to Libya, Chris­toph­er Stevens, were killed.

“The De­part­ment of De­fense has also de­veloped, trained, and sus­tained, in­nov­at­ive force op­tions both at sea and at U.S. bases in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East,” the re­lease states. “These forces are op­er­at­ing at a high state of read­i­ness and are com­ple­men­ted by air as­sets and oth­er plat­forms that can help re­spond to a vari­ety of con­tin­gen­cies.”

Obama on Tues­day no­ti­fied Con­gress that he would be ex­tend­ing for an­oth­er year the na­tion­al emer­gency that has been in ef­fect since the Sept. 11, 2001 at­tacks.



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