US: 15 high-risk diplomatic posts need upgrade

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Posted: Jul 16, 2013 11:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department officials say 15 high-risk U.S. diplomatic facilities must be upgraded or replaced to prevent any Benghazi-like attack in the future.

Diplomatic security chief Gregory Starr says problems include improper blast walls and insufficient setback from public streets.

He and Bill Miller, the department's point-man for high-risk posts, are testifying before a Senate panel to defend a $2.2 billion request for embassy security funding in 2014.

They cited some progress worldwide, including approval for a new Beirut embassy after 30 years of effort.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee questioned part of the department's response to last year's deadly attack in Libya.

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He challenged plans for a new security training center. And he expressed disappointment with the paid leave given to four employees faulted for wrongdoing on Benghazi.