As the candidates continue to spar over President Obama's foreign policy in the wake of last month's terror attack that killed four Americans in Libya, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday released a list of more than 300 retired officers that will comprise his "military advisory council."

The list includes retired members from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. Among the more prominent names is Army Gen. Tommy Franks, former commander of U.S. Central Command, who led the response in Iraq and Afghanistan to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Romney said in a statement that as president, he would "never put my own political interests ahead of our military and our men and women in uniform."