PBS NewsHour invited TIME’s Mark Thompson to explain President Obama’s Defense Secretary debacle. Yesterday, Chuck Hagel’s nomination was delayed when Senate Republicans called for a filibuster. Outgoing secretary Leon Panetta, due...Show More Summary
The AP: “By delaying a confirmation vote on Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, Senate Republicans have forced Leon Panetta to remain on the job he is eager to give up. But they've also given the White House an opportunity to cast the GOP as obstructing President Barack Ob …
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flew home to California last Thursday, but unfortunately – for him – his job went with him, too. He was hoping that the Senate would confirm former Republican senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska to take his place, but Senate Republicans blocked that from happening late Thursday afternoon. Show More Summary
The Senate failed to move forward on Thursday with the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to replace Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense. Just after the Senate Republicans blocked a vote to move forward with Hagel’s...Show More Summary
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accepts the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Feb. 14, 2013. (Photo DOD) During his last days in office, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has made a flurry of policy decisions, announcements and presentations — a couple of the policy decisions [...]
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jokes with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta after being presented the Department of Defense’s highest award for public service at the Pentagon, Feb. 14, 2013, in Arlington, Va. Secretary Clinton recently retired from public service. (Win McNamee/Getty...
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jokes with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta after she was presented the Department of Defense's highest award for public service at the Pentagon on Feb. 14, in Arlington, Va. Related links:
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was hoping today would be his last day at the Pentagon. The White House was hoping it would have a new Defense Department secretary by Friday. Not so fast. It now looks like Democrats don’t have the votes to get...
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta yesterday during final press conference lamented that there is “too much meanness” in Congress, referring to the GOP’s obstruction of and attacks on Chuck Hagel. Panetta said the partisanship on Hagel’s nomination was “in full display” this week during Hagel’s committee nomination vote. “[T]here are also some lines that are [...]
On Wednesday afternoon, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a new medal would be added to the roster of decorations for American soldiers -- the Distinguished Warfare Medal. Like most other medals, this one will be awarded to soldiers whose actions had a heroic impact on the battlefield. Show More Summary
Washington (CNN) – In his final press briefing as defense secretary, Leon Panetta expressed concern over how the world will view the United States if it fails to avert steep budget cuts due to take effect in two weeks. "What they (other countries) worry about is what I worry about, which is whether or not [...]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On his last trip abroad as U.S. defense secretary, Leon Panetta was asked what he thought of "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the intense manhunt and daring raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Leon Panetta is leaving his post as Secretary of Defense, but in what was presumably his last press briefing before stepping down and being replaced by Chuck Hagel, Panetta bemoaned the disconnect between Congress and the Obama administration. Show More Summary
For the first time since 1944, the Pentagon has created a new combat-related medal to award drone pilots. Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today that the Distinguished Warfare Medal will be given to those who have a direct impact on combat relations, but don't risk their lives to do so. More »
But outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that he was establishing a new award to recognize the contributions of drone pilots, cyber warriors and others who influence the battlefield from afar.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had some parting advice for Gen. John Allen, who has completed his 19-month stint as the top commander in Afghanistan: "Take your time."
BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (right) has ensured that at least some of the benefits given to military spouses will be meted out regardless of sexual orientation. The same-sex partners of our gay service members...
By Mustang Bobby Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has some good news for same-sex couples serving in the military: Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." We have implemented...Show More Summary
Rachel Maddow looks at Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's recent announcement that benefits to nearly the extent allowed by current law will be extended to gay servicemembers and their families, and John Boehner and House Republicans' campaign to defend DOMA, effectively...
The debate surrounding Pentagon sequestration—the planned reductions to Pentagon spending scheduled to go into effect in March—is raging. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has said the spending reductions would lead to the U.S. becoming “a second rate power.” Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee, Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), said, “It’s going to start costing lives.” [...]