President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he plans to nominate Gen. Martin Dempsey to a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also plans to renominate Adm. Sandy Winnefeld as vice chairman.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has announced President Barack Obama's selections to lead the Navy and Army. Gen. Mark A. Milley was nominated to serve as the chief of staff for the Army, while Adm. John M. Richardson was nominated to serve as chief of naval operations.
The Department of Defense is worried that unfunded lists Congress will use in shaping the 2016 budget will siphon off funding for primary programs. "If Congress is going to cherry-pick from an unfunded list and pick something that they love, then something that we think we need is going to have to fall off," said Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld says the U.S. will have to modify its global crisis response goals if Congress makes cuts to the proposed White House defense budget. "There is no free lunch," he said.
The rise of the Islamic military group referred to as ISIS is causing the Pentagon to rethink its 2015 budget proposal, according to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The U.S. has conducted 89 airstrikes against ISIS since Aug. 8, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a briefing.
The Senate Armed Service Committee soon will hear directly from almost all the Joints Chief of Staff, who are appearing as a group to testify about the effects that they believe sequestration will have on the military. The unusual meeting will involve Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh, Marine Gen. James Amos and National Guard Gen. Frank Grass.