Defense Spending

Panetta Resists Military Budget Cuts

Cut everybody except for me and my buddies!


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.