WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is imploring Congress not to cut too deeply into military spending even while calling the nation's debt the greatest threat to national security.
In his prepared testimony, Adm. Mike Mullen tells the House Armed Services Committee that lawmakers should not cut defense to levels that would make it impossible for the armed forces to execute strategy at acceptable risk levels.
Mullen was testifying Wednesday with Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Gates calls a stopgap budget measure being considered by the House "a crisis on our doorstep." He's telling lawmakers that short-sighted budget cuts could lead to "costlier and more tragic consequences later."