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NATO Troops Resume Partnered Operations in Afghanistan

NATO Troops Resume Partnered Operations in Afghanistan

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Thursday that most NATO forces in Afghanistan are once again partnering with Afghan security forces.  Last week NATO comma…

Some Administration Officials Had Early Concerns Benghazi Attack Was Act of Terrorism

Some Administration Officials Had Early Concerns Benghazi Attack Was Act of Terrorism

US Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcet(WASHINGTON) — Obama administration officials told ABC News they had early concerns the attack in Benghazi, Libya was the work of terrorists. Events were too uncertain, and suspicions had been aroused, off…

Panetta Steps into China-Japan Dispute over Islands

Panetta Steps into China-Japan Dispute over Islands

Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has found himself caught in the middle of a simmering dispute between China and Japan over Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea that has boiled over i…

Panetta Steps into China-Japan Dispute over Islands

Panetta Steps into China-Japan Dispute over Islands

Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has found himself caught in the middle of a simmering dispute between China and Japan over Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea that has boiled over i…

US, Japan Settle on Second Missile Defense Deal

US, Japan Settle on Second Missile Defense Deal

Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcett(TOKYO) — U.S. and Japanese officials have agreed to put a second advanced missile defense system in Japan aimed at protecting the country from the threat of a missile attack from North Korea, Defense Secret…

Leon Panetta Blasts Ex-SEAL Who Wrote Bin Laden Raid Book

Leon Panetta Blasts Ex-SEAL Who Wrote Bin Laden Raid Book

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta became the highest-ranking U.S. official to speak out against the former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, saying the commando brok…

Leon Panetta Pays Tribute to Passengers and Crew of Flight 93

Leon Panetta Pays Tribute to Passengers and Crew of Flight 93

Department of Defense/Glenn Fawcett(SHANKSVILLE, Pa.) — While Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech Tuesday at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Secretary of State Leon Panetta offered his own tribute Monday at t…

Leon Panetta Pays Tribute to Passengers and Crew of Flight 93

Leon Panetta Pays Tribute to Passengers and Crew of Flight 93

Department of Defense/Glenn Fawcett(SHANKSVILLE, Pa.) — While Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech Tuesday at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Secretary of State Leon Panetta offered his own tribute Monday at t…

Obama Administration Leaning Against Syria No-Fly Zone Option

Obama Administration Leaning Against Syria No-Fly Zone Option

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Washington hasn’t dismissed a plea by rebels in Syria to establish a no-fly zone over the country that would leave them better able to battle pro-government forces.That seems to be one of the options the Obama…

Assad’s Regime ‘Cracked,’ US No-Fly Zone Unlikely

Assad’s Regime ‘Cracked,’ US No-Fly Zone Unlikely

LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As a furious volley of firepower hit the streets of Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, the country’s former prime minister spoke out for the first time since his defection.Ex-Prime Minister Riyad Hijab said that…

New Military Legal Board to Review Civilian Casualty Cases

New Military Legal Board to Review Civilian Casualty Cases

Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcett(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has asked the Pentagon to review the way the military’s legal justice system processes cases in combat zones where U.S. troops have committed criminal offe…

US and Israel at Odds over Effectiveness of Iran Sanctions

US and Israel at Odds over Effectiveness of Iran Sanctions

GALI TIBBON/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — The White House pushed back a bit Wednesday from comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the effectiveness of economic sanctions on Iran to stop it from developing nuclear weapons.Netanya…

Leon Panetta Won’t Talk with Israel About Military Action Against Iran

Leon Panetta Won’t Talk with Israel About Military Action Against Iran

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Mitt Romney’s recent visit to Israel spurred talk about the Israelis possibly launching a military strike against Iran in the near future to knock out its nuclear program.However, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta…

Pentagon Launches Website to Stop Bogus Medal Winners

Pentagon Launches Website to Stop Bogus Medal Winners

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Unscrupulous people will be less inclined to fake medals won in the military because of a new website launched by the Pentagon on Wednesday.The White House and Congress were taken aback after a r…

Secretary Panetta Pays Tribute to ‘Wounded Warriors’

Secretary Panetta Pays Tribute to ‘Wounded Warriors’

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta welcomed 50 wounded service men and women who participated in this year’s Warrior Games competition at a recognition ceremony Monday at the Pentagon. The competition is an a…

Panetta on Military Suicides: ‘We Can Do More, We Must Do More’

Panetta on Military Suicides: ‘We Can Do More, We Must Do More’

DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett(WASHINGTON) — More active duty troops die from suicide than from combat, and the Pentagon chief is frustrated that efforts to prevent suicides are not succeeding.  And despite the Pentagon’s efforts so far, suicides are…

Afghanistan War: Closed Pakistan Routes Costing US $100 Million a Month

Afghanistan War: Closed Pakistan Routes Costing US $100 Million a Month

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that Pakistan’s closure of NATO’s ground supply routes into Afghanistan is costing the U.S. $100 million a month as supplies have been rerouted elsewher…

Panetta Reveals US Has Lost Patience with Pakistan

Panetta Reveals US Has Lost Patience with Pakistan

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Thursday but his mind was clearly on neighboring Pakistan.Tensions between Washington and Islamabad have risen dramatically since t…

Leon Panetta in Afghanistan to Discuss Troop Drawdown, Security

Leon Panetta in Afghanistan to Discuss Troop Drawdown, Security

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan Thursday to assess the situation on the ground as the U.S. and its allies inch closer to withdrawing all of their troops by 2014.During hi…

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Visits Vietnam

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Visits Vietnam

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(CAM RAHN BAY, Vietnam) — Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta traveled to Vietnam on Sunday, marking the first trip by an American defense secretary there since the Vietnam War ended.
Panetta visited a former U.S. Navy b…

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