Details still aren't known, he says.
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) calls it unacceptable that information on the Defense Department's plans related to women in combat was leaked prior to Congress being briefed. As a result, he says lawmakers don't yet know the details of the announcement. "Based on my conversation today with Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, I believe that Secretary Panetta will provide specific direction to the services on how to evaluate and identify opportunities for women to further serve their country," he said. "I do not believe this will be a broad opening of combat roles for women, because as the 2012 report indicated, there are 'serious practical barriers which must be resolved so that the department can maximize the safety and privacy of all military members while maintaining military readiness."