CS Monitor 
April 12, 2013
That was the bombshell out of a House Armed Services Committee  hearing Thursday.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  Gen. Martin Dempsey , the nation’s top military officer, appeared caught off-guard. The Pentagon  has in recent days sought to strike a balance between words of warning  to the North and attempts to calm  the situation. General Dempsey’s reaction suggested that he was not pleased to have the DIA assessment made public, as it could further stoke anxieties over what is already a enormously tense international standoff.