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.