WASHINGTON -- The nation's top military officer tells a Senate committee the Obama administration is deliberating whether to use military power in Syria, where a civil war entering its third year has killed almost 93,000 people.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey says during congressional testimony Thursday that he has provided President Barack Obama with options for the use of force in Syria.

Dempsey used the term "kinetic strikes," and added the "issue is under deliberation inside of our agencies of government."

But Dempsey did not provide additional details. He says the decision on whether to engage militarily is one for U.S. elected officials to make.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is considering Dempsey's nomination for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • A Syrian army soldier exits his tank in the southwestern neighborhood of the Syrian city of Qusayr. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this Tuesday, June 4, 2013 file photo citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a locally made rocket being fired by Syrian rebels, in Idlib province, northern Syria. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN, File)

  • Forces loyal to the Syrian army wave national flags as they celebrate in the main square of Qusayr in Syria's central Homs province on June 5, 2013, after government forces seized total control of the former rebel-stronghold. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Syrian army's soldiers sit on a tractor holding their weapons on June 5, 2013 in the city of Qusayr in Syria's central Homs province, after the Syrian government forces seized total control of the city and the surrounding region. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A picture taken on June 6, 2013 shows a man carrying the Syrian flag, during a tour in Qusayr in the central Homs province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Destroyed buildings ares seen in the village of al-Hamidiyeh, north of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province on June 7, 2013 as regime forces sought to mop up the final pockets of rebel resistance north of Qusayr, after retaking the key town that was an insurgent bastion for a year, a watchdog said. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Syrian army soldiers drive a tank in the town of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province on June 7, 2013 as regime forces sought to mop up the final pockets of rebel resistance north of Qusayr, after retaking the key town that was an insurgent bastion for a year, a watchdog said. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Syrian youths walk amongst the rubble in the village of al-Hamidiyeh, north of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province on June 7, 2013 as regime forces sought to mop up the final pockets of rebel resistance north of Qusayr, after retaking the key town that was an insurgent bastion for a year, a watchdog said. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A picture taken on June 7, 2013, shows cars left behind by rebels in Dabaa, north of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad reclaimed control of the central village of Dabaa on June 6, Syrian state television said, a day after the army and Lebanon's Hezbollah captured a rebel bastion. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A picture taken on June 7, 2013, shows a tunnel allegedly used by rebels in Dabaa, north of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A picture taken on June 7, 2013, shows a heavily damaged sign signaling the entrance of Dabaa, north of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A picture taken on June 7, 2013, shows cows standing next to a Syrian army tank in Dabaa, north of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A picture taken on June 8, 2013 shows Syrian army soldier drinking water next to an army tank in the village of Buweida, north of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A picture taken on June 8, 2013 shows Syrian army soldiers patroling a street in the village of Buweida, north of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A picture taken on June 9, 2013 shows the damaged Saint Elias church in Qusayr in Syria's central Homs province, after government forces battled rebels for control of the area earlier this month. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, two Syrian men pull an unexploded rocket from a Syrian warplane in Idlib province, northern Syria, Monday, June 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

  • Rebels prepare to launch mortar rounds towards government forces in southern Damascus on June 10, 2013. Twin suicide bombers targeted a Damascus police station killing at least 14 people, as the Syrian army launched multiple attacks on rebel positions in the northern province of Aleppo. (WARD AL-KESWANI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Syrian young boy walks holding an old rifle as he helps fighters belonging to the 'Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan' battalion on June 13, 2013 in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Syrian rebel fighter belonging to the 'Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan' battalion holds a position on June 13, 2013 in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan in front of the army base of Wadi Deif, down in the valley. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Syrian rebel fighter throughout a trench dig by the rebels to hold a position, 100m far from the regime-controlled military base of Wadi Deif on June 14, 2013 in the village of Kfarruma in the Syrian province of Idlib. (DANIEL LEAL OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Syrian rebel fighter smokes a cigarette in front of sandbags as he takes a break while digging a trench, 100m far from the military base of Wadi Deif in the hands of regime forces on June 14, 2013 in the village of Kfarruma in the Syrian province of Idlib. (DANIEL LEAL OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The regime-controlled military base of Wadi Deif is displayed on June 14, 2013 through the scope of a rebel fighter rifle from a trench in the village of Kfarruma in the Syrian province of Idlib. (DANIEL LEAL OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Rebel fighter poses infront of a tank reportedly confiscated from an army barracks in the northwestern Syrian city of Sermin on June 14, 2013. (MOHAMED KADDOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this citizen journalism image provided by Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows buildings damaged by fighting between rebel fighters and Syrian government forces, in Homs province, Syria, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Lens Young Homsi)

  • This citizen journalism image provided by Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels using a rocket launcher to attack Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad, in Homs province, Syria, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Lens Young Homsi)

  • This Tuesday, June 18, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian rebel shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

  • This Wednesday, June 19, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows homes damaged by Syrian government airstrikes and shelling, in the Jouret al-Chiyah neighborhood of Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Lens Young Homsi)

  • In this Thursday, June 20, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian rebel fires a heavy machine gun towards Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

  • This citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian rebel firing a heavy machine gun towards Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad, in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, June 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

  • Rebel fighters take part in prayers in the Suleiman al-Halabi nieghbourhood in Aleppo on June 20, 2013. (ABO AL-NUR SADK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The body of a dead rebel fighter lies next to that of a dead civilian during clashes with pro-government forces in the Suleiman al-Halabi nieghbourhood in Aleppo on June 20, 2013. (ABO AL-NUR SADK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Injured rebel fighters hide from sniper fire as they await to be evacuated by their comrades during clashes with pro-government forces in the Suleiman al-Halabi nieghbourhood in Aleppo on June 20, 2013. (ABO AL-NUR SADK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Smoke billows from buildings in the Jubaila neighbourhood of Syria's northeastern city of Deir Ezzor following an airstrike by government forces on June 21, 2013. (AHMAD ABOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Rebel walks in front of a destroyed building in the village of Al-Rami, near the town of Ariha, in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on June 22, 2013. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rebels inspect a T-72 tank parked in a secret location close to the village of Al-Rami, near the town of Ariha, in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on June 22, 2013. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Rebel tries to locate a fighter plane as he stands on top of a anti aricraft gun in the village of Al-Rami, near the town of Ariha, in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on June 22, 2013. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians investigate damages after two suicide bombings hit security compounds in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • Syrian medics attend to a fighter called Abdullah in his twenties after he was wounded in the head and lost the ability to speak following an explosion that hit his motorcycle in Al-Rami village in the northwestern province of Idlib on June 24, 2013. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This Monday, June 24, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian rebel firing his weapon during heavy clashes with Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

  • Syrian girls walk with their mother as she turns to look at smoke billowing from three shells dropped on the town of Al-Bara in the northwestern province of Idlib on June 24, 2013. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This Tuesday, June 25, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a female Free Syrian Army fighter aiming her weapon, in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

  • Rebel fighters take aim at government forces positioned in the northern Syrian town of Al-Fawaa, located northeast of Idlib, on June 26, 2013. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian rebel firing his weapon during heavy clashes with Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

  • This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a damaged antique shop that was destroyed by a blast struck in the vicinity of the Greek Orthodox Virgin Mary Church in the predominantly Christian neighborhood of Bab Sharqi in central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, June 27, 2013. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • In this Thursday, June 27, 2013, citizen journalism file image provided by Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian stands in the rubble of a destroyed buildings from Syrian forces shelling, in the al-Hamidiyyeh neighborhood of Homs province, Syria. (AP Photo/Lens Young Homsi, File)

  • An opposition fighter prepares a home-made rocket before launching it towards government forces in Syria's northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on June 27, 2013. (ABO SHUJA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An opposition fighters' home-made rocket is launched towards government forces in Syria's northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on June 27, 2013. (ABO SHUJA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Syrians walk down a destroyed street in the centre of Syria's northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on June 27, 2013. (AHMAD ABOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A long exposure picture shows the trace of a rocket launched in a regime-controlled area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on June 28, 2013. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Syrian girl crosses the street holding a bag in the centre of Syria's northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on June 28, 2013. (ABO SHUJA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A rebel fighter carries a home made explosive in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib on June 28, 2013. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)