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Panetta: U.S. No Longer Able To Make Up For NATO's Shortfalls

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.05.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — New U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned NATO allies Wednesday that they should not rest on any laurels from the success of the...

Panetta: NATO Mission In Libya Can't End If Fighting Continues

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.04.2011 | World

CAIRO — NATO's mission in Libya isn't over so long as fighting continues, including in Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, U.S. Defense Secreta...

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...

Sex and the Single Drone

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the world of weaponry, they are the sexiest things around. Others countries are desperate to have them. Almost anyone who writes about them becomes a groupie. They are, of course, the pilotless drones, our grimly named Predators and Reapers.

The Stench of Elitism in the Defense Budget

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Cutting the defense budget is the target of rhetorical gibberish, just as President George Bush warned of a "mushroom cloud" over America if we didn't invade Iraq. Nonetheless, it is politically potent and intimidating to opponents who might otherwise speak up.

On 10th Anniversary of Afghan War, Time to Exit Militarized US Foreign Policy

Michael Shank | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank

October 7 marks the tenth anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan. After expending $4 trillion and thousands of lives, the US needs an exit from the depressing impasse of its militarized foreign policy.

Pentagon: U.S. Military Is Ready For The End Of DADT

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The military has begun accepting applications from openly gay recruits but will not act on them unt...

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...

Defense Secretary Warns Military Cuts Could Have Big Impact On Unemployment Rate

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Congress on Thursday that if lawmak...

The Fading Blessing of September 11

Dovid Efune | Posted 11.11.2011 | World
Dovid Efune

At the average English newsstand one can find available for purchase approximately fifteen national daily newspapers, in stark contrast to New York's ...

Leon Panetta: Threat Of Another 9/11 'Very Real'

AP | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press NEW YORK -- After a decade of war with al-Qaida the potential for another devastating terrorist assault "remains ...

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Reducing U.S. Forces In Iraq To 3,000 By End Of Year | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration is willing to drop American troop levels in Iraq to as low as 3,000 by the end of this year, The Huffington Post has confirme...

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.

How to Become the 51st State

Leon Friedman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Leon Friedman

Some southern California counties have begun an effort to break off from the rest of California and form a 51st state. How difficult will it be for this group to take such a step?

Panetta Issues Gag Order

AOL Defense | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has moved to gag all communications between the Pentagon and Congress on the highly sensitive issue of the congressiona...

Chitchat With Leon and Hillary on the Defense Budget

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

The problem is not money. The problem is that the Pentagon, as it exists under its current leadership, is incapable of surviving with less money.

Report: Gaddafi Making Plans To Flee Libya

Posted 10.18.2011 | World

Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi may be preparing to flee the country within days, according to NBC News. U.S. officials told NBC that intel...

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...

How Safe Are You?

Christopher Hellman | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Christopher Hellman

As with all addictions, once you're hooked on massive military spending, it's hard to think realistically or ask the obvious questions. Has your money, funneled into the vast and shadowy world of military and national security spending, made you safer?

Panetta: Bigger Defense Cuts Would Be Devastating

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics

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

War Budget Cuts Possible if We Counter Contractors' Multimillion-Dollar Campaign Spending

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The deal worked out to allow a rise in the debt ceiling gives us our first real chance in more than a decade to make significant cuts to our country's out-of-control war budget, but we are going to have to fight for them.

Secretary Panetta and the Doomsday Mechanism

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Real budget reductions present the prospect of real reform in the Pentagon. Clearly, Secretary Panetta is not opting to be the source of that reform. It now must come from the outside.

Military Launches Probe Into Afghanistan Helicopter Crash That Killed 30 U.S. Troops

AP | PAULINE JELINEK and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 10.09.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The military has opened an investigation into Saturday's devastating helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan that killed 30 U.S. tr...

Pentagon Chief Warns Against 'Dangerous' Budget Cuts

Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Silent for days amid the Capitol Hill debt standoff, the Pentagon has finally thrown down a mark...