From NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell confirms that Obama has asked for, and will soon receive, a military operational and intelligence briefing. Morrell said it will be his second such brief in recent months. The briefing, however, will be nothing more than any member of the Senate would receive.
Morrell said that McCain, as a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, receives operational and intelligence briefings more frequently, and by virtue of his position is cleared to receive more highly-classified information regarding military ops and intel. The press secretary added that McCain has requested one separate briefing in about the last six months. According to Morrell, once both senators are the official presidential candidates of their party, they will be briefed on an equal basis.
Morrell stressed that, for now, any requests for Pentagon briefings from either senator must come through their Senate offices or respective committees and not through their campaign offices.