Inhofe and McCain confer before Thursday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
As a result, there will be greater efforts to link intelligence with military posture and planning, he said. But Panetta also said the military should not and cannot be an emergency response force anywhere in the world, saying action depends on actionable intelligence.
Most important, Panetta said that while the Pentagon’s response was not tardy, there is a concern about ensuring the military has the resources to respond to such contingencies. Panetta then emphasized, as he has for two years, the need to avert across-the-board cuts, mandated in the deficit control law (PL 112-25) that he argues would undermine national security.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.