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.
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.
The Obama administration is said to be close to moving ahead with sending weapons to Syrian opposition forces after overcoming concerns from congressional members, write Tabassum Zakaria and Susan Cornwell. Separately, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said that any U.S. military options would be costly and that the "decision to use force is not one that any of us takes lightly. It is no less than an act of war."
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said the U.S. should exercise caution in establishing a no-fly zone over Syria. "If we choose to conduct a no-fly zone, it's essentially an act of war, and I'd like to understand the plan to make peace before we start [another] war," Dempsey said.
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.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. and chairman of the House Budget Committee, has apologized and said he "misspoke" when he said last week that Pentagon generals weren't being honest about the military's budget needs. "Yes, I totally misspoke. It was not the impression I meant to give. I talked to Gen. Dempsey on it and expressed that sentiment," Ryan said on ABC's "This Week" in reference to Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.