U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe seeks details on possible military cuts

Tulsa Republican Jim Inhofe blames Pentagon for not providing more information, while defense secretary says Congress needs courage to prevent looming budget cuts.
by Chris Casteel Published: January 18, 2013
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Such moves could have a huge impact at Tinker Air Force Base, where thousands of civilians are involved in aviation maintenance. There is flight training at two other Air Force bases in Oklahoma and artillery training at the U.S. Army post, Fort Sill.

Inhofe said in his letter to Panetta that the Defense Department should have provided details much earlier on how the cuts would impact the military so people knew the risks involved.

Inhofe also accused the Obama administration of pursuing “the systematic disarming of U.S. military power under the guise of defense budget cuts in order to maintain significantly higher levels of funding for nonsecurity related domestic programs.”

In his remarks to troops, Panetta put the responsibility on Congress to resolve the Defense Department's budget problems.

“And my hope is that Congress will ultimately come together and make the right decisions for the sake of national defense, for the sake of our country, for your sake, make the right decisions that have to be made in order to govern the country,” Panetta said.

“That's the responsibility we expect of people when we elect them, is to govern the country.”

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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