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Jan 23, 2013 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Excerpted from The Daily Caller: Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, the incoming Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed outrage over the leak that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s will lift the ban on women in combat Wednesday.

“It is unacceptable that information on the Defense Department’s plans related to women in combat was leaked prior to Congress being briefed,” Inhofe said. “As a result we don’t yet know the details of this announcement.”

Inhofe said in a statement that he spoke with Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Wednesday and expects Panetta to go forward with expanded opportunities for women in the armed services, but that he believes there will be some limits.

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, the incoming Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed outrage over the leak that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s will lift the ban on women in combat Wednesday.

“It is unacceptable that information on the Defense Department’s plans related to women in combat was leaked prior to Congress being briefed,” Inhofe said. “As a result we don’t yet know the details of this announcement.”

Inhofe said in a statement that he spoke with Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Wednesday and expects Panetta to go forward with expanded opportunities for women in the armed services, but that he believes there will be some limits.

“I do not believe this will be a broad opening of combat roles for women, because as the 2012 report indicated, there are ‘serious practical barriers which must be resolved so that the department can maximize the safety and privacy of all military members while maintaining military readiness,’” he explained.

While the Oklahoma senator expressed frustration at the leak, he spoke highly of women’s abilities in the military and noted that he served on the House Armed Services Committee with Les Aspin, a former Wisconsin congressman and secretary of sefense under President Bill Clinton.

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