If the sequester proceeds as planned next month, then the Pentagon will experience a 13 percent cut. Experts say that for the sake of U.S. national security, that must not be allowed to happen.
Panetta said that the U.S. used all available resources to save American lives, but that the surprise nature of the attack made an earlier response impossible.
Republican lawmakers from both chambers are proposing legislation to avert the looming threat of sequestration for Fiscal Year 2013 by replacing the automatic Defense cuts with savings incurred from reducing the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.
The decision from McCain not to join Republican efforts to block the nominee means that Democrats may be moving closer to the 60 votes needed to override a filibuster.
A wide majority of likely voters believe that Chuck Hagel will likely be confirmed by the Senate as the U.S.’ next Defense Secretary, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is slated to testify before lawmakers on the Benghazi attacks, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Tuesday.
66 percent said they support allowing women in combat while just 26 percent say they do not.
The Pentagon has removed the legal barrier preventing women from serving in direct combat roles. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)
The Pentagon will lift a ban on female servicemembers directly serving in combat roles, according to a senior Defense official.