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Published:October 19th, 2006 02:39 EST
Secretary of Defense briefs Air War College

Secretary of Defense briefs Air War College

By SOP newswire

Students and faculty of the Air College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., were visited by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Oct.18.

Secretary Rumsfeld talked about staying the course in the war on terrorism and than answered questions from the group North Korea, force transformation, readiness for future conflicts and joint service operations.

When he was asked about the North Koreans testing nuclear weapons, Secretary Rumsfeld said part of the problem is the leadership of the country

"They're led by someone who has a martyr complex and believes it is ok to have great catastrophic events occur in the world," he said.

Secretary Rumsfeld also mentioned that it is a prime concern of President George W. Bush that nuclear countries do not allow nuclear weapons fall into the hands of terrorists.

"Since the North Koreans tested a nuclear device," Secretary Rumsfeld said. "The President indicated that 'were a nuclear country transfer nuclear capabilities to a non- state entity, that they would be held fully accountable.'"

Secretary Rumsfeld also stressed that armed forces leaders are confident in the military's ability to tackle future challenges

"The Joint Chiefs review war plans and look at all of the combatant commander's reasonably foreseeable contingencies," he said. "They are comfortable, to the extent that one can look out and see what the future might hold, that we currently have the capabilities to meet those challenges."

Source: USAF