The State Department said Wednesday it is making progress on implementing recommendations made in a report issued December 2012 by an internal Accountability Review Board that investigated the Benghazi attack.
Implementing the board's 29 recommendations will require "fundamentally reforming the organization in critical ways" and that work is underway, according to the statement.
Among the changes:
• State created a new position of deputy assistant secretary for high threat programs in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. This senior manager will be responsible for ensuring high-threat posts receive focused attention.
• State created 151 new diplomatic security positions, and filled 113. The remainder will be filled in 2014.
• The Defense Department assigned an additional 35 Marine security detachments to U.S. diplomatic facilities and created a rapid response unit comprised of nine squads of battle-ready Marines trained in close quarters combat.
• Increased training for diplomatic security agents, revised the department's high threat tactical course and added fire survival training to the list of requirements at high-threat posts.
• Installed new personal safety equipment, surveillance cameras, firefighting equipment and reflective tape in safe havens at high-threat posts.