Just hours before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, a small group of U.S. Navy SEALs entered Somalia and successfully rescued an American and a Danish aid worker who were captured by pirates last October. The SEALs that carried out this latest rescue were from the same unit that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan last May and represent a shift in U.S. military strategy from a conventional large military to one that is smaller, leaner, and fast-moving.
U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) joined the Monitor Breakfast this morning and touched on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s announcement that unveiled a restructuring of U.S. Armed Forces. Levin, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, defended criticism from Mitt Romney who believes the current plan undermines the ability to project American military strength effectively and weakens national security: