The Foreign Service Journal - March 2014 - page 18

MARCH 2014
location decisions should be subjected to
a broader interagency approval process.
The primary source of security for the
Temporary Mission Facility, local Libyan
militia members, failed to provide any
significant defense of the compound
from the attack.
The U.S. gov-
ernment cannot rely on local security in
areas where the U.S. has facilities under
high threat or where the host nation
is not capable of providing adequate
security. The committee supports the
State Department’s initiative, working
with DOD, to request additional Marines
and to expand the Marine Security Guard
Program to increase protection at high-
viduals responsible for the attacks. Some
of the individuals have been identified
with a strong level of confidence. How-
ever, insight into the current whereabouts
and links between these individuals in
some cases is limited, due in part to the
nascent intelligence capabilities in the
The U.S. gov-
ernment must swiftly bring the attackers
to justice, in spite of the unwillingness or
lack of capacity of the Libyan government
to assist in this effort.
—This month’s edition of Talking Points
was compiled by the
editor and former editor in chief, Steven
Alan Honley.
risk facilities beyond solely the protection
of classified information.
Based on
the fact that Ambassador Stevens and
Sean Smith perished due to the smoke
from fires lit by attackers, State and the
IC should review the fire safety and
high-threat training and equipment for
all employees sent abroad to ensure that
proper fire safety equipment is avail-
able at all facilities, and personnel have
proper protective equipment in the event
of smoke and fire emergencies.
More than a year after the Benghazi
attacks, the terrorists who perpetrated
the attacks have still not been brought to
justice. The IC has identified several indi-
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