Accession Number:

ADA327566

Title:

Combating Terrorism: Status of DOD Efforts to Protect Its Forces Overseas.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-07-21

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

In November 1995, a car bomb exploded in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing five Americans who were working at the Office of the Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard. A few months later, in June 1996, another terrorist bomb detonated near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The explosion killed 19 U.S. service personnel living in a high-rise apartment building at the Khobar Towers military complex. Hundreds more were injured. Soon after the Khobar Towers bombing, the Secretary of Defense appointed a task force headed by retired four-star Army General Wayne A. Downing to investigate the incident and make recommendations on how to prevent or minimize the damage of future attacks. The Downing Assessment Task Force completed its work in August 1996. The Secretary of Defense on the whole concurred with the task forces report and announced a series of measures intended to improve the protection of deployed U.S. forces. He said that the threat of sophisticated, organized terrorism against our overseas forces was now a fact of life and that U.S. leaders must adopt a radically new mind-set with regard to international terrorism. In early 1997, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff provided a status report to Congress on DODS response to the Downing task force. The Chairman stated DOD was implementing all of the task forces recommendations.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE