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Romney Calls Panetta’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Announcement ‘Misguided’

Romney Calls Panetta’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Announcement ‘Misguided’

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Mitt Romney has offered harsh criticism of a plan outlined by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to possibly withdraw U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan in 2013, calling the administration’s decision to annou…

US Aims to Switch Away from Combat in Afghanistan Next Year

US Aims to Switch Away from Combat in Afghanistan Next Year

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(BRUSSELS, Belgium) — American troops will still leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but Defense Secretary Leon Panetta laid out a plan Wednesday that by late next year U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan could switch from …

Pentagon: Fewer Soldiers, More Drones Will Save Money

Pentagon: Fewer Soldiers, More Drones Will Save Money

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta detailed Thursday how the Obama administration plans to achieve $487 billion in cuts over the next decade, in part by reducing the number of ships, planes and troops but continuin…

New Pentagon Strategy Calls for Leaner, But Still Dominant, Military

New Pentagon Strategy Calls for Leaner, But Still Dominant, Military

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon’s new military strategy unveiled Thursday will result in a “smaller and leaner” military force, but one that President Obama insists will maintain America’s military superiority…

Obama Slashing US Troop Numbers as Part of Defense Strategy

Obama Slashing US Troop Numbers as Part of Defense Strategy

Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will join Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey at the Pentagon on Thursday to announce the new defense strategy going forward.
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Panetta Ready to Announce Pentagon’s Future Roles and Missions

Panetta Ready to Announce Pentagon’s Future Roles and Missions

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Facing huge cuts in his operating budget, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will outline this week how the Pentagon will function in a new age of austerity.As much as $450 billion will be cut from the Defense Depa…

Panetta Ready to Announce Pentagon’s Future Roles and Missions

Panetta Ready to Announce Pentagon’s Future Roles and Missions

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Facing huge cuts in his operating budget, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will outline this week how the Pentagon will function in a new age of austerity.As much as $450 billion will be cut from the Defense Depa…

Book: Petraeus Rejected Advice to Quit as NATO Commander

Book: Petraeus Rejected Advice to Quit as NATO Commander

DoD photo by Cherie Cullen/Released(WASHINGTON) — Former Gen. David Petraeus was reportedly not happy earlier this year when President Obama announced plans to draw down 33,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of next summer.In fact, a new biog…

Panetta Arrives in Baghdad for ‘End of Mission’ Ceremony

Panetta Arrives in Baghdad for ‘End of Mission’ Ceremony

Khalid Mohammed-Pool/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — The United States will lower its flag in Iraq Thursday, symbolizing the end of the nearly nine year war there.At its peak in 2007, 170,000 American troops occupied the Middle Eastern country. Now, only 4,0…

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Lauds Progress in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Lauds Progress in Afghanistan

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presented a mostly upbeat assessment about the progress of the Afghanistan war while visiting President Hamid Karzai in Kabul Wednesday.Panetta’s view is that this past y…

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