WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today will hold a public hearing to aimed to glean the lessons learned from the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens.
The hearing will begin at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time in Room 2118 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will be streamed live by the House Armed Services Committee here.
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), who will chair the hearing, said she hopes the open hearing will be productive.
“I hope to learn in today’s open hearing that we were far better prepared to face a similar attack this September 11—and today—than we were a year ago. The subcommittee wants to ensure that the Department of Defense has learned from Benghazi and is taking steps to minimize the chance that a strike like that can be successful again.
“This Committee’s work on this issue has not been and will not be a political exercise. Republicans and Democrats alike have asked important questions about our preparedness that day, and I expect they will do the same today.”
The hearing, titled “Defense Department posture for September 11, 2013: What are the Lessons of Benghazi,” will include testimony from two Department of Defense officials with insight into preparedness leading up to the attacks:
· Mr. Garry Reid, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations & Low-Intensity Conflict;
· Major General Darryl Roberson, Vice Director for Operations on the Joint Staff.
This is the first public hearing the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to examine the lessons of Benghazi and the posture of United States military assets. The three previous Member briefings focused on Benghazi were classified due to the sensitive nature of the information discussed.