By John T. Bennett - 01/05/12 10:00 PM EST
During a Pentagon briefing to roll out the Obama administration's new national defense plan, officials told reporters to expect the 2013 budget blueprint in a few weeks.
The commander in chief called this a "moment of transition" in which the "tide of war is receding."
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told reporters that even if the budget cuts not been mandated, "we would change" with the Iraq war ending, the Afghanistan conflict winding down and amid a foreign policy shift toward the Asia-Pacific region.
During a lighter moment, Obama said his appearance in the Pentagon briefing room was the first by a sitting commander in chief. Of the space, Obama noted: "Nice room."