Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to answer lawmakers' questions on the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed September 11th in an assault on the American Consulate in Benghazi. The attack was just one of a series of assaults on foreign facilities in Libya.
Lawmakers pressed both men about logistical challenges and the lack of intelligence information that made it difficult to respond quickly to the attack. Panetta has previously stated that the administration had "no warning about the attack," despite requests for more security from Ambassador Stevens in the weeks leading up to the violence.
Testifying last month before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton angrily dismissed questions about U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and her comments following the attack. Sec. Clinton also said that she had never reviewed specific security requests from Benghazi and called on Congress to work with the State Department.