Majority Interim Report: Benghazi Investigation Update

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The House Committee on Armed Services began an extensive effort to evaluate the response of the DOD after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The committee is assessing how the Department reacted to the attacks and seeks to determine what preparations the military had made for the possibility of an attack, and what arrangements have subsequently been placed to minimize the possibility of a similar event. The committee has reviewed thousands of pages of written material from the DOD, held three classified hearens, and two classified interviews. The major findings of the report includes that officials failed to understand the deteriorating security situation in Libya, that U.S. personnel in Benghazi were vulnerable during the attack, that the DOD officials knew early on that a terrorist attack was occuring, that the location and readiness of the U.S. forces and the lack of clarity on the situation degraded the U.S. military's response to the situation, and that there was no "stand down" order issued to the military. The Report finds that the DOD is working to correct many weaknesses revealed by the attack, but the security situation continues to deteriorate and military resources continue to decline.
Related Hearings
Senate Committee on Armed Services, hearing on "Department of Defense's Response to the Attack on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and the Findings of its Internal Review Following the Attack," 113th Cong., S.Hrg. 113-164, (2013, February 7)
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, hearing on \342\200\234Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage,\342\200\235 113th Cong., H.Hrg. 113-30, (2013, May 8)
Senate Committee on the Budget, hearing on "Concurrent Resolution on the Budget Fiscal Year 2014: The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Budget," 113th Cong., S.Hrg. 113-228, (2013, June 12)
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, hearing on \342\200\234Implementation of Wartime Contracting Reforms,\342\200\235 113th Cong., S.Hrg. 113-424, (2013, July 16)
House Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing on \342\200\234The Defense Department\342\200\231s Posture for September 11, 2013: What are the Lessons of Benghazi?" 113th Cong., H.Hrg. 113-59, (2013, September 19)
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, hearing on \342\200\234Benghazi: The Attacks and the Lessons Learned,\342\200\235 113th Cong., S.Hrg. 113-184, (2013, January 23)
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, hearing on \342\200\234Reviews of the Benghazi Attacks and Unanswered Questions,\342\200\235 113th Cong., H.Hrg. 113-59, (2013, September 19)
Senate Committee on Armed Services, hearing on \342\200\234Department of Defense Authorization for Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Year's Defense Program: U.S. Africa command and U.S. Transportation Command,\342\200\235 113th Cong., S.Hrg. 113-108, (2013, March 7)
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