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Some analysts fault the Obama administration for failing to develop a strategy to remove the terrorist threat.

“The real question is much less about specific safeguards, and more about whether we have an overall strategy to defeat al Qaeda and its associated movements. And the answer to that is, decisively, no,” said Ms. Pletka. “Instead we have a pinprick strategy, which deals with problems after they crop up.”

“If we’re all about building a stronger wall or higher fences, we’re never going to manage this problem. We need an overall comprehensive strategy to deal with al Qaeda and all of its associated and affiliated movements.

“That’s not a drone strategy, and it’s not a war strategy. It’s a complex and sophisticated effort, and it’s going to have many dimensions.”

Mr. Chivvis acknowledged a heightened level of concern about threats to U.S. diplomatic facilities since the Benghazi attack.

“It is certainly clear that concern about threats to our embassies has been much higher and has often been politicized in ways that are not helpful since the Benghazi attacks,” he said.

“This is a challenge that is shared by Congress and the White House,” he added. “It requires not only adequate bureaucratic and administrative attention but also adequate funding.”

The House Foreign Affairs Committee last month approved a bill that authorizes $4.83 billion for embassy security.