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Joint Chiefs Chairman, Gen. Hugh Shelton, right, gestures as Sec. of Defense, William Cohen, brief the press at the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Va., Thursday April 1, 1999. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (left) briefing reporters alongside new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, said the U.S. military is focusing its assistance more heavily on protecting the strategic city of Baiji than on Ramadi, the capital of Al Anbar province. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on President Obama's use of military force proposal against IS and the Defense Department's budget. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) **FILE**

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on President Obama's use of military force proposal against IS and the Defense Department's budget. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey asked Congress to end sequestration and boost defense spending by $38 billion next year. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to review the defense authorization request for fiscal 2016 and the future years defense program. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (right) listens Thursday as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, while testifying before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, appear on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at a Senate Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, accompanied by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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** FILE ** Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing focusing on the Defense Department’s budget request for fiscal year 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing focusing on the Defense Department’s budget request for fiscal year 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, appear on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at a Senate Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey follows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after a news conference at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where Hagel recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)