Panetta to Hanabusa on Military's Future: 'You've Got to Be Damn Flexible'

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — As U.S. military leaders continue to sound the alarm about how deep Defense Department spending cuts would decimate military operations, Sen. Daniel Inouye and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa say they will work to keep Hawaii programs off the chopping block.

In a House Armed Services hearing on Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned members of Congress that further cuts to defense would "badly damage" the U.S. military.

Panetta talked about the importance of an "agile, deployable, effective force" that can respond to any number of threats facing the United States.

"To be agile, aren't we looking at different types of forces?" Hanabusa, a member of the committee, asked him. "If you've got a limited amount of resources, what rises to the top?"

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