The U.S. military could have responded to the attack on the U.S.
mission in Benghazi as early as 1:45 a.m. on the day of the attack,
according to a deputy of slain Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Gregory Hicks, the highest-ranking State Department official at the
U.S. embassy in Tripoli on the night of the attack, told Congress that
he was informed by the U.S. defense attaché at around 10:45 a.m. on the
night of the attack that American forces could be on site in Benghazi
within two to three hours.