By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Some US troops and units stationed outside the US have been notified they could be called upon in the coming days to move to embassy installations around the world to provide additional security, a senior US military official confirms to CNN. He declined to offer specific details including the number of troops or types of units involved due to security concerns. But he indicated all of those being notified are already deployed outside the US and this is not expected to involve new deployments from the US at this time.
The official confirmed that in the wake of the attack on US diplomats in Libya, the Pentagon is now involved in intensive discussion with the State Department and White House on how to implement President Obama's order to step up diplomatic security around the world. "We are looking at the requirements, what we need and identifying what assets could have to move," he said. This could all include troops, aircraft, ships and other equipment if needed.