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Obama's Pentagon Chief Slams White House

The Daily Beast | Josh Rogin | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

The president’s White House staff was controlling, insular, and often ignored the advice of its senior national security officials, former Defense S...

Making an Enemy

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the quest for a new enemy is underway. The armed services, select corporations, and politicians who wrap themselves in the flag are all zeroing in on China.

JSOC: Heads Up!

David Wood | Posted 03.20.2013 | World
David Wood

I wrote yesterday about the developing opportunity for new SOF missions in Mali and perhaps Algeria, if the Algerians and French would stand aside. To...

Panetta: Keep Pressure On Al Qaeda

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

LONDON — As international military operations continued in Algeria and Mali, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged NATO Friday to be more innovat...

Panetta: Militants Will Be Hunted Down

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Friday militants who attacked the United States and its citizens will hunted ...

David Wood

'We're Not Gonna Walk Backward': Panetta On Our Future In Afghanistan | David Wood | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Starting Sunday, tens of thousands of troops from the 10th Mountain, 101st Airborne and the 1st Armored Divisions will begin boarding ai...

Panetta: Decision On Post-2014 Troops In Next Few Weeks

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.11.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Barack Obama will decide shortly how many U.S. troops he wants to keep in Afghanistan after the U.S.-led coalitio...

Top Official Warns Against Leaping To Conclusions About Possibly 'Inappropriate' Emails

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

PERTH, Australia — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta cautioned Wednesday against reaching early conclusions about the veracity of allegations again...

33,000 Troops Out Of Afghanistan As Surge Ends

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 09.21.2012 | World

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The 33,000 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Afghanistan to tamp down the Taliban attacks nearly ...

Panetta To Make First China Trip Amid Disputes

AP | Posted 08.30.2012 | World

BEIJING -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will make his first visit to China as Pentagon chief in a couple of weeks at a time when the nations ar...

Panetta: All Options On The Table To Stop Iran

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.01.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, standing next to the U.S. defense chief, said Wednesday without qualification that intern...

Panetta Salutes Gay Troops

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to ma...

Official: U.S.-Pakistan Relation As 'Worst It Has Ever Been'

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 08.09.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD -- You know a friendship has gone sour when you start making mean jokes about your friend in front of his most bitter nemesis. So it was a ...

Panetta: Bin Laden Doctor's Sentence 'Disturbing'

Posted 05.27.2012 | World

Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending the Obama administration's plans to wind down the more than decade-long...

Marines Punished For Pushing Prostitute Out Of Car

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.24.2012 | World

BRASILIA, Brazil — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday three Marines on a U.S. Embassy security team and one embassy staff member were p...

Panetta Reportedly Safe After Stolen Vehicle Explodes In Flames

AP | Posted 05.14.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says an Afghan drove an apparently stolen vehicle onto the ramp area of a British airfield in southern Afghanistan and into...

Panetta Calls For New Probe In Controversial Marines Photo

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and JULIE WATSON | Posted 04.11.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Marine Corps on Friday to re-investigate and take appropriate action against the Marine sni...

Lawmakers Concerned About Key Cuts Amid Deficit Resolve

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's call to shrink the military, shut bases and cancel weapons to meet the demand for budget cuts tests the resolve...

David Wood

A Delicate and Dangerous New U.S. Mission: Talk To The Afghan Taliban | David Wood | Posted 02.16.2012 | World

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne's 4th Brigade, deploying to Afghanistan later this month, are headed into a unique and delic...

U.S. Troops To End Combat Role In Afghanistan Next Year

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 04.02.2012 | World

BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta laid out the administration's most explicit portrayal of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, saying Wedn...

Obama Praises Bold Raid While Audience In The Dark

AP | By LOU KESTEN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Good job tonight," President Barack Obama told his Defense chief as he arrived for his annual State of the Union message. Unknown to a...

Panetta Condemns Shocking Marines Video

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2012 | World

WASHINGTON Jan 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday condemned a video that apparently shows U.S. Marines urinating on the ...

The Devil Is in the Details of the Pentagon's Plan

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Will super-rich war-industry CEOs be able to keep bilking taxpayers out of hundreds of billions of dollars? That's the question everyone should be ask...

Panetta Makes Historic Visit

AP | By LOLITA BALDOR | Posted 02.16.2012 | World

TRIPOLI, Libya -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said "the torch of freedom" has passed to the Libyan people and he pledged during a historic vis...

A Bad Day (and New Year) for U.S. National Security

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Politically, there may be reasons why Congress has supported the National Defense Authorization Act, including the many earmarks that bring costly projects to members' districts. But as a matter of national security and American principles, the bill is a disaster.