Top Pentagon generals and admirals had to sign a letter promising to keep defense budget details secret if they wanted to work on the military’s fiscal plan, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Wednesday.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates set the rule, requiring for the first time that each military and civilian official helping prepare the budget sign a non-disclosure statement.
The entire Joint Chiefs of Staff signed, promising not to leak information while the budget was being put together. Gates also signed, as did all the high-ranking civilian defense officials working on the budget document, Morrell said.
President Obama is set to submit his budget to Congress today.