The Secretary of Defense called out Congress Tuesday, saying the budget requirements Capitol Hill sent to the Pentagon may not work with his vision of a modern military.

Leon Panetta broke from his prepared remarks while speaking at the Willard Hotel Tuesday to address the congressional mandate that the Defense Department downsize by $487 billion over the next decade.

As the U.S. continues with plans to draw down in Afghanistan by 2014, Panetta says this is a critically important time to break tradition and reinvest in America's offensive strength.