The President’s remarks come just days after the officer tasked with overseeing the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention program was arrested for allegedly committing sexual battery.
Lt. Col Jeffrey Krusinski was removed from his post and taken into custody just after midnight on Saturday in Arlington, Virginia after being accused of grabbing a woman’s breast and buttocks.
“This is the first time that both the sitting Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense are Vietnam War combat veterans,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little noted.
Hagel said that he is in favor of “exploring options and seeing what is the best.”
Petraeus announced last month that he would also be assuming the role of visiting professor at City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College.
The DoD is currently faced with cutting $41 billion from its current budget.
President Obama has repeatedly said that the use of chemical weapons would be a “game changer” for the United States.
Hezbollah has denied responsibility for the incursion into Israeli airspace.
Hagel has already visited Jordan and will follow with stops in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Senate Majority Leader says another potential ricin-laced letter has been discovered at an Air Force base in Washington, D.C.