- 06.11.13 04:48 PM EDT
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified at a Senate hearing on Tuesday agreeing that the Defense Department would review contractors across the board and cut the budget by $37 billion. The recent NSA surveillance scandal has called into light some harsh realities of working with contractors.
Hagel said that contractors are a necessity but admitted that they need to review the relationships. "There's no question we're going to have to make some rather significant adjustments, which we are."
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland questioned how leaker Edward Snowden, at just 29 years old and without a college degree, was able to make $200,000 a year. She continued by asking how he could "be exposed to some of our most significant secrets" adding that there will be more hearings on this topic.