Winnefeld: Defense strategy must be connected with budget
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr., spoke during the Atlantic Council's Commanders Series on Tuesday about the fiscal 2014 defense budget request and the need to examine the Department of Defense's core mission. Winnefeld said that the DOD would do what it could to reduce the national deficit, which leaders have termed a threat to national security.
"We would forcefully state that we are not necessarily the cause of this problem, but we all need to pitch in," Winnefeld said. "We're in a different place (than we were after 9/11), and as Winston Churchill said, 'Gentlemen, we're out of money, and now we have to think.'"
The defense strategic guidance was issued in January and accounts for changes in warfare, the effect of unmanned vehicles, stealth technologies and cyber capabilities, and puts less emphasis on long-term stability operations.
"The way President (Barack) Obama has put it was, 'Give me fewer Iraqi Freedoms and more Desert Storms,'" Winnefeld said. "The point was, go in, do the 'defeat,' and get the job done. Don't end up there for 10 years trying to do nation building. We're just not going to be allowed to do that. We can't afford it."
Winnefeld said that the strategy retains nuclear deterrence and keeps the counterterrorism force strong despite the $489 billion cut over the next 10 years.