House Armed Services Committee Chair Ike Skelton defended the Obama administration's proposed weapons cuts, saying "every weapons system needs to be scrutinized."
Skelton made the comments in an interview with the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call.
"Every weapons system needs to be scrutinized," said Skelton. "As time goes on, some things get outdated. And it’s a constant research and development on one hand, and constant procurement on the other. And it’s all guided on the budget process. You can’t have everything that you want. That’s why you have to pick and choose," he added.
Some Republicans have argued that cutting the F-22 and the Army's Future Combat systems would hurt national security.
"We are putting $13 billion to increase the personnel system. That $13 billion has to come from somewhere. We need to take care of the troops and the Members have to know that," Skelton replied.
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"I’m not sure what it means. We are engaged in a conflict with Islamic extremists. And we should handle it as such, and we are. The genesis of those who attacked us was in Afghanistan," Skelton said.