Defense secretary announces use of Predator drones in Libya
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says at the approval of President Obama, armed Predator drones will be used in Libya.
Gates and Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced the move at a press briefing Thursday.
Gates reiterated that U.S. troops will not be on the ground in Libya. He also said regime change in Libya was always a political goal, but it will take time.
Speculation for the briefing surrounded the possible naming of Cartwright as the replacement for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen when Mullen leaves the post in October.
Watch the live briefing, which started at 3:00 p.m.