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Panetta Will Watch Hagel Confirmation from Home in California

Panetta Will Watch Hagel Confirmation from Home in California

DoD photo(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has no plans to come back to Washington to attend Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing, scheduled to take place Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman George Little said Monday.Panetta, who is at home…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel? Not So Fast

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel? Not So Fast

US Senate(WASHINGTON) — Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was hoping Thursday would be his last day at the Pentagon.  The White House was hoping it would have a new Defense Department secretary by Friday.But not so fast.  It now looks …

Pentagon Announces New Medal for Drone, Cyber Warriors

Pentagon Announces New Medal for Drone, Cyber Warriors

DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, US Air Force(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon’s keeping up with the times.  Now that cyberwarfare and drone strikes are part of modern combat, Defense Secretary Panetta has approved a new Distinguished War…

US Still Assessing Whether N.Korea Test Was Nuclear, Claims Panetta

US Still Assessing Whether N.Korea Test Was Nuclear, Claims Panetta

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At what he called his final Pentagon press conference Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. is still trying to determine if the North Korean test early Tuesday morning was really nuclear. North Ko…

Leon Panetta: As Many as Eight Americans Held by Al Qaeda in Algeria

Leon Panetta: As Many as Eight Americans Held by Al Qaeda in Algeria

Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Algerian troops have surrounded the natural gas compound in the Sahara desert where as many as 100 hostages, including up to eight Americans, are being held by terrorists who claim to be part of al Qaeda and are …

Leon Panetta: As Many as Eight Americans Held by Al Qaeda in Algeria

Leon Panetta: As Many as Eight Americans Held by Al Qaeda in Algeria

Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Algerian government has reportedly mounted a military operation to rescue dozens of hostages, including Americans, being held by an al Qaeda-affiliated group at a natural gas plant in Algeria.According to Bri…

US Pledges Help to France Against Al Qaeda Rebels in Mali

US Pledges Help to France Against Al Qaeda Rebels in Mali

ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Monday pledged to aid France’s widening aerial assault on al Qaeda-linked rebels in Northern Mali, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. would provide the French with intelligence and ai…

US Pledges Help to France Against Al Qaeda Rebels in Mali

US Pledges Help to France Against Al Qaeda Rebels in Mali

ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Monday pledged to aid France’s widening aerial assault on al Qaeda-linked rebels in Northern Mali, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. would provide the French with intelligence and ai…

US Ground Troops Could Help Secure Syrian Chemical Sites Only in Peaceful Situation, Says Defense Chief

US Ground Troops Could Help Secure Syrian Chemical Sites Only in Peaceful Situation, Says Defense Chief

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At his news conference Thursday, Defense Secretary Panetta said the concern now about Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile is what to do with them should the Assad regime fall.  Panetta said U.S….

Panetta Orders First Real Sequestration Preparations; Warns of Perfect Storm

Panetta Orders First Real Sequestration Preparations; Warns of Perfect Storm

Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcett(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Panetta isn’t waiting for another round of sequestration anticipation — he’s taken action and announced the first preparations for possible budget cuts in March….

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in Afghanistan

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in Afghanistan

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan arrived at the Pentagon Thursday for the first in a series of discussions with senior American leaders about the future of the U.S. military role in Afghanistan after American …

Panetta Thanks Congress for Suspending Deep Pentagon Spending Cuts

Panetta Thanks Congress for Suspending Deep Pentagon Spending Cuts

Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcett(WASHINGTON) — One person who breathed a particularly huge sigh of relief after Tuesday’s congressional compromise on the fiscal cliff was Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.He had already braced the Pentagon to…

US to Send Two Patriot Missiles, 400 Troops to Turkey

US to Send Two Patriot Missiles, 400 Troops to Turkey

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey) — The U.S. will send two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey to prevent rounds from Syria from crossing the border, the Pentagon announced on Friday.Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who si…

Is Syria’s Chemical Weapons Threat Dying Down?

Is Syria’s Chemical Weapons Threat Dying Down?

Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcett(KUWAIT CITY) — During his flight to Kuwait on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addressed the threat of the Syrian government using chemical weapons against rebel fighters.While Panetta noted that …

Republican in Line to Become Next Pentagon Chief?

Republican in Line to Become Next Pentagon Chief?

Junko Kimura/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Is President Obama ready to nominate a Republican to a high-profile Cabinet spot?With Leon Panetta talking about stepping down from his post as defense secretary, rumors are circulating around the Beltway that O…

Leon Panetta and Israeli Counterpart Ehud Barak Talk Afghanistan, Iran, Syria — and Friendship

Leon Panetta and Israeli Counterpart Ehud Barak Talk Afghanistan, Iran, Syria — and Friendship

MARK WILSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At a joint Pentagon press conference on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak addressed questions about Afghanistan, the Iron Dome missile defense system …

Leon Panetta: Al Qaeda Weakened but Branching Out

Leon Panetta: Al Qaeda Weakened but Branching Out

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned on Tuesday that while the U.S. has been successful in slowing the growth of its number one enemy, al Qaeda, the terrorist group has still managed to extend its influence to…

Panetta Explains Military Response on Day of Benghazi Attack

Panetta Explains Military Response on Day of Benghazi Attack

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke Thursday about the “Monday morning quarterbacking” going on about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and why the U.S. military didn’t act sooner….

Panetta Confirms US Military Task Force in Jordan

Panetta Confirms US Military Task Force in Jordan

DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo(BRUSSELS) — In Brussels, Defense Secretary Panetta confirmed that a U.S. military task force of 150 personnel has been operating in Jordan helping that country set up a headquarters to assist with the humanitarian fallo…

Panetta to Karzai: ‘Say Thank You’

Panetta to Karzai: ‘Say Thank You’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta took an uncharacteristic swipe at Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai after Karzai’s recent complaint that the U.S. is failing to go after militants based in Pakistan. Panetta sai…

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