He also said the U.S. should shut down some of the dozens of military bases around the country. "Do we need this kind of military footprint?" he asked. "I don't think so."
The prospect of these cuts has already led some members to talk openly about using much of next year to roll back the triggers Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said he would fight defense cuts, citing comments from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that a $600 billion cut over 10 years would hollow out the U.S. military.