The Armed Services Committee helps establish policy and spending priorities for the Department of Defense. It is also holds hearings for those nominated by the president to top civilian and uniformed positions at the department.
The chairman of the committee is Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat. Inhofe praised Levin on Wednesday.
“He has always been exceptionally fair,” Inhofe said. “He genuinely wants to advance our systems and put us in a superior position.”
Inhofe, who will turn 78 on Saturday, is a regular visitor to Oklahoma's military bases and has traveled to numerous bases across the country and around the world. He visited Iraq 10 times after the 2003 invasion and has gone to Afghanistan 11 times since the U.S. has been at war there.
His interest in Africa has led him to push for more military involvement on that continent.
Inhofe has frequently charged President Barack Obama with seeking to gut defense spending and said Wednesday that one of his main goals would be to protect the Pentagon budget.