Securing Americans Abroad – Taking the Long View

Complex Security

Exploring how security of diplomatic facilities became a top priority for the U.S. and the effects of military involvement 

After the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and several other Americans and Libyan personnel, the reaction on Capitol Hill was swift, and all too predictable. The U.S. Congress demanded better protection of American diplomatic facilities and personnel throughout the world.

In a bipartisan report, “Flashing Red: A Special Report On The Terrorist Attack At Benghazi,” by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Pentagon was given a pass for the incident. Collins said that the tragedy was “not the fault of the Pentagon, but an indication that the Defense Department lacks sufficient resources to mount an adequate response to such situations.”

The report essentially agreed with a recent State Department Accountability Review Board (ARB) report, which blamed “systemic…

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