Pentagon chief: future budgets mean smaller forces, greater risks
POSTED: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 2:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 2:45pm
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon chief says the U.S. will have to make some tradeoffs and take some extra risks under the new military strategy laid out to absorb federal budget cuts.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta unveiled the strategy Thursday in a news conference with President Barack Obama and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.
Panetta said future budgets will mean smaller U.S. armed forces and some greater risk. But he said the country does not have to choose between national security and fiscal responsibility.
Panetta said at this point in history, in a changing world, the Pentagon would have been forced to make a strategy shift anyway. He says the money crisis merely forced the government to face the shift that's taking place now.