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.
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.
Navy Adm. Cecil Haney has been chosen for the post of Strategic Command chief, overseeing the nuclear arsenal and likely taking a pivotal role in discussions over an East Coast missile defense system. President Barack Obama nominated Haney, who must be confirmed by the Senate, as the successor to Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler.
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.