Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe named top GOP senator on Armed Services Committee

Inhofe moves up to the top spot after 18 years of service on the panel and gives military-rich Oklahoma more influence on Defense Department policies.
by Chris Casteel Published: January 5, 2013
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“There are ways to save taxpayer dollars within the Department of Defense, but sequestration is the wrong approach,” Inhofe said. “It will have a terrible impact on our national security for decades to come if it is allowed to go forward. We have pushed these cuts off for two months, but now we must find a permanent fix.”

He said his other priorities will be missile defense and nuclear modernization; reform of the Pentagon's acquisition process; military readiness and capabilities; defense strategy and threat assessments; and implementing efficiencies within the Defense Department.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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