Hearing on S.980: The Embassy Security and Personnel Protection Act of 2013, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 16, 2013   [open pdf - 298KB]

This testimony compilation is from the July 16, 2013 hearing "Hearing on S.980: The Embassy Security and Personnel Protection Act of 2013" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the statement of Gregory B. Starr: "The attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities last September, and subsequent attacks this year against diplomatic facilities and personnel, remind us that the world remains a dangerous place for diplomacy. Unfortunately, this is nothing new. Being on the front lines of U.S. national security has always been inherently risky; however, we strive to mitigate this risk to the maximum extent possible. The fact remains that we will not, even with the most willing and capable governments as our partners, stop terrorists or extremists from attacking us in every instance. Rather, we must carefully balance this risk against the value of pursuing our national interests. We have learned some very hard and painful lessons in Benghazi. We are already acting on them. The State Department carries on the business of the American government and its people at 284 locations, many in challenging security environments where key U.S. national security interests are at stake. Every day, the Department works to protect our people and missions by constantly assessing threats and our security posture. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) advances American interests and foreign policy by protecting people, property, and information. We do this by maintaining a security program that includes analyzing threats, managing the security situation, and mitigating risks." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gregory B. Starr and Bill A. Miller.

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