"These perverse ideologues, warped theocrats, they may be able to inspire a single lone wolf to commit a savage act, but they can never, never threaten who we are.
"When this perverted jihadist struck, everyone responded," Biden said.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said a "combination of disturbed mind, violent extremism and hateful ideology" was behind the shooting.
"The few who threaten or incite harm to Americans -- violent extremists or terrorists, wherever they are -- will surely, very surely, no matter how long it takes, come to feel the long arm and the hard fist of justice," Carter said.
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