Obama will “discuss our broad counterterrorism policy, including our military, diplomatic, intelligence and legal efforts” at National Defense University in Washington, the official said.
The speech comes amid renewed scrutiny of counterterror coordination after April’s attack at the Boston Marathon, a lengthy hunger strike among more than half of Guantanamo’s detainees, and the administration’s pursuit of leakers of classified information to The Associated Press. He had planned to deliver it earlier in May, but the speech was delayed as the administration worked to respond to recent events and refined its policies, the official said.
Obama plans elaborate on “the state of the threats we face, particularly as Al Qaeda core has weakened but new dangers have emerged,” the official said. He will also “discuss the policy and legal framework under which we take action against terrorist threats, including the use of drones” and “will review our detention policy and efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.”