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Leon Panetta Will Time Travel, Warn Former Presidents About Foreign Policy Decisions

Spencer Green | Posted 12.10.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

As controversy continues to stir around the publication of his book Worthy Fights, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced plans to tim...

Amanda Terkel

Gay Military Families Still Barred From Nearly 100 Benefits Under DOMA

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In one of his final moves at the Pentagon on Monday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that he was extending certain benefits to ...

Elise Foley

'Political Knives Were Out' At Chuck Hagel Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday he was disappointed with senators' handling of the hearing on Chuck Hagel, the nominee to suc...

Pentagon Intensifies Efforts to Plug Leaks, Catch Leakers

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The Secretary of Defense sternly warned Defense Department employees Thursday that the government will scour news reports for leaks of classified information, try to unmask the leakers, and refer cases to the Justice Department -- which has the power to prosecute.

One Year Since the Repeal of DADT: No Story at All?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

What did the study -- "the first scholarly effort to assess the accuracy of such predictions about the impact of DADT repeal on military readiness" -- show?

Pakistan Goes After Panetta: Defense Secretary 'Simplifying' Complex Issues, Comments 'Unhelpful'

Reuters | Posted 08.08.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD, June 9 (Reuters) - Pakistan on Saturday rejected U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's recent comments on militant safe havens in Paki...

Letters From Vietnam Finally Reaching Loved Ones Back Home

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.05.2012 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

"If Dad calls, tell him I got too close to being dead but I'm O.K. I was real lucky. I'll write again soon." Army Sgt. Steve Flaherty's mother never received the letters, taken from him by Vietnamese forces when he was killed in action on March 25, 1969.

Honoring Women Who Serve

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

It is disturbing that many women service members believe that they are in more danger of experiencing sexual assault from their male comrades in arms than they are of being felled by enemy fire.

Massacre Story Sparks Both Outrage and Reflection

David Tereshchuk | Posted 05.16.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

Amid the worldwide horror and revulsion over nine Afghan children and seven adults evidently murdered by a US soldier, it was remarkable how, in the wake of the shootings, the Afghan media were so restrained in their coverage.

Military Budget Cuts: No Big Deal or Excellent Opportunity?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

Secretary Panetta is set to come out with his new "strategy" to offer his assessment on how to cut the military budget. The question: will it be the same old or will he have the courage to mandate what truly needs to be done to build a stellar military for America's national security needs?

Leon Panetta, Terrified of Fighting Previous American Militaries

Barry Eisler | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Barry Eisler

If Panetta had been interested in logical relevance, though, he wouldn't have referred to the past at all. He would have focused on the present, and in the present, we spend more on our military than the rest of the world spends combined.

The Washington Establishment Presents Itself with Awards

David Boaz | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
David Boaz

This story is not new, but it's such a perfect encapsulation of the Washington establishment that it's still worth looking at.

Leon Panetta Blames the Victim

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 02.03.2012 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The notion that Israel is primarily responsible for deteriorating relations with Turkey, Egypt and the Palestinians, as claimed by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, is more than simply inaccurate. It is disturbing and potentially dangerous.

Max J. Rosenthal

Defense Secretary Blasts Congressional 'Dysfunctionality'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sharply criticized Congress for its han...

Where's the Plan for Defense Spending? (Updated w/Video)

Joe Sestak | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Joe Sestak

Secretary Panetta's role is to be accountable only to the young men and women who serve us, not to the defense complex.

Pentagon Says Foreign Hackers Stole 24,000 Military Files In March

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.13.2011 | Technology

Foreign hackers infiltrated the network of a defense contractor in March, stealing 24,000 military files in a single intrusion, Deputy Defense Secreta...

From Gates to Panetta: Room for Improvement

William Hartung | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

If Gates were all he's made out to be, Panetta's job would be much easier. In reality, Panetta will need to undo some of Gates' most notable policies if he is to have any hope of bringing defense spending into line with new fiscal realities.

David Wood

Obama's National Security Shuffle

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a high-level reshuffle of his national security team, President Barack Obama intends to move CIA Director Leon Panetta to the Pentago...

David Wood

The Unfinished Legacy Of Robert Gates

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President George W. Bush put Robert M. Gates at the helm of the Pentagon in November 2006, more than a few Washington hands wonder...