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Panetta says ‘reckless’ Trump, Cruz hurt U.S. overseas

Former defense secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that he regularly talks to officials around the world who are repulsed by “deeply reckless” rhetoric on national security from Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and his rival Ted Cruz. Show More Summary

For Drone Pilots and Journalists, How Much Vicarious War Is Too Much?

When former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced drone operators would receive new Distinguished Warfare Medals he couldn’t have predicted the backlash. The reviled “Nintendo medal” was designed to honor drone operators, who — despite being far removed from the physical risks of war — were nonetheless directly involved in combat. The Nintendo...

Benghazi committee interviews former Defense chief Panetta

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee looking into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya is interviewing former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as the investigation shifts its focus from the State Department to the Defense Department and CIA.

Panetta Contradicts Benghazi Soldiers: There Was 'Never' Any Order to Stand Down

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is testifying in front of the Benghazi Select Committee for the first time Friday morning. He will...

Leon Panetta endorses Hillary Clinton

The former Defense secretary served with Clinton in President Obama's Cabinet.        

On MSNBC, Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Debunks Fox's Benghazi "Stand Down Order" Myth

From the January 7 edition of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports: ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): Now you're here in Washington because you're going to be testifying to the Benghazi Select Committee tomorrow. You have already testified to other committees, but to this committee, and there's a new movie coming out, 13 Hours, and it's about to be released. Show More Summary

Bravo, Four-Legged Panetta Confidant, Departs For That Great Situation Room In the Sky

Bravo the golden retriever, confidante and companion to former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who sat in on much of the planning of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has died.

Pentagon Opens All US Military Combat Roles to Women

Two years after plans to end the ban on women from serving in combat roles were first announced by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the US military has finally lifted all gender-based restrictions on military service.

Military Opening All Combat Positions To Women

All military combat positions will be open to women beginning in 2016, announced Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Carter’s decision comes almost three years after his predecessor Leon Panettaannounced that he had lifted the two-decade ban that prevented women from most combat jobs. Since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 290,000 [...]

Obama's Syria critics ignore inconvenient facts

It is fashionable to criticise Washington's approach to the Syrian civil war. In his memoir, former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta described President Obama's approach to Syria and Iraq as flawed. Obama has been roundly criticised for his 'tentative' approach to Syria. Show More Summary

A Few Good Women

In 2013, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey lifted the Direct Ground Combat and Assignment Rule frequently referred to as the "Combat Exclusion Policy", opening all remaining closed combat position to women. Show More Summary

The $1.45 trillion reason we can't have nice things

9 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addresses the F-35 Integrated Test Force personnel at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland January 20, 2012. Pentagon boondoggles are a dime a dozen—or more accurately trillions of dollars a dozen—but this one is king. Show More Summary

F-22 In A Dogfight as Panetta Crimps Its Flight Envelope

10 months agoIndustries / Military : Battleland

You may have noticed that the Air Force’s prized F-22 fighter — the crown jewel of American air dominance — has had some negative press lately. The bad news peaked Tuesday when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered flight restrictions on the $400 million warplane. Unfortunately for the F-22, the airwaves have been filled with flak [...]

‘Obama at War’ Shows How Syria Was Lost

Leon Panetta, the former defense secretary and CIA chief, famously gibed in his 2014 memoir that President Obama “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities.” Alas, Panetta’s withering judgment is more than borne out in an...Show More Summary

Shifting Deadlines, Shifty Numbers: The Pentagon’s Messy Process for Removing the Ban on Women in Combat

More than two years ago, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced on live television that he was doing away with the Pentagon's outdated ban on assigning women to combat units and jobs. The announcement followed the 2012 lawsuit that we brought against him on behalf of four women who served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Show More Summary

Andrea Mitchell Grills Panetta on Yemen: ‘What Kind of Success Story Is This?’

last yearNews : Mediaite

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell grilled former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday over President Barack Obama's claims that Yemen is an example of the success of his administration's counterterrorism policy.

Weekend Show Preview — 2.15.15

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked. Highlights will include Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) on “Fox News Sunday”; former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on “State of the Union”; and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on “Meet the Press.” Sunday:  CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Foreign Relations Committee chairman; Rep. Show More Summary

Panetta to New Defense Secretary: Largest Challenge is DC Dysfunction

New Defense Secretary Ashton Carter takes office Tuesday facing a growing list of crises to include ISIS and Russia, but his most pressing challenge will be the political gridlock at home, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

Senate Confirms Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary

last yearNews : The Two-Way

Carter will take over the Pentagon for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Carter served as the No. 2 defense official under Leon Panetta.

Moving From Axis to Access of Evil

LONDON--In the fall of 2012, aboard a retired aircraft carrier permanently docked on the west side of Manhattan, I listened as then-United States Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, delivered one of the most chilling speeches I have ever heard. Show More Summary

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