Republican challenger Mitt Romney faulted President Barack Obama for the country`s weak jobs outlook and looming defence cuts.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Congress of the dire implications of deeper defense cuts.
Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that fiscal pressures on the US military`s budget will require sacrificing some missions abroad and scaling back pay and benefits.
US Defence Secretary announced $78 billion in cuts to military programmes over the next five years.
Day in Pics: 22nd December
Showbiz World - December 22, 2014
Sunny Leone with Mastizaade