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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...

Fiscal Crisis, Budget Battle Mark Panetta's Tenure

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's plane returned home Saturday night, completing his final official overseas trip, his staff gath...

Hagel Attempts To Counter Critics, Clarifies Stance On Iran

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's pick for defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, is meeting with senior Pentagon staff to try to set the record straigh...

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?

Panetta Make Unprecedented Move On Military Mental Health

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday he has ordered all branches of the military to conduct an extensive review of mental ...

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...

Panetta Defends Drone Use In Pakistan

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.06.2012 | World

NEW DELHI — Just two days after a drone strike killed al-Qaida's second-in-command, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made it clear Wednesday that ...

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?

Groundbreaking Pentagon Official Makes Big Move

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, the most senior female Pentagon official in history, told The Associated Press on Monday she is stepping down as ...

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...

Panetta On Libya Mission: 'The Critics Have Been Proven Wrong'

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.07.2011 | World

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy — Top military commanders in the Libyan mission told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Friday that they are near...

Panetta Meets Egyptian Leaders, Urges Release Of U.S.-Born Man Accused Of Spying

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.04.2011 | World

CAIRO — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he urged Egyptian leaders to release a U.S.-born man being held for allegedly being an Israeli spy, ...

Panetta Issues Warning On Israel, Urges Peace Talks

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.02.2011 | World

ON BOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East, an...

Lawmakers Seek To Delay DADT Repeal

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two top Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to delay the new policy allowing gay...

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 Chief: Cuts Would 'Terribly Weaken' The U.S.

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Large new cuts in defense spending would "terribly weaken" U.S. national security, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday as he and...

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...