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Pentagon Warns More Spending Reductions Mean More Risk

For more than a year, the Pentagon declined to detail the impact of the battle-ax approach to cutting spending known as sequestration. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his allies bet that the prospect was so dire that lawmakers would reach a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction pact that would avert the calamity. MoreMen Charged With Toppling Ancient…

Panetta: Republican Congress "Most Difficult I've Seen in 50 Years of Public Service"

Former CIA Director, Secretary of Defense, decorated First Lieutenant, and decades-long veteran of the federal government Leon Panetta...

Don't Blame NSA for Spying Scandal; Orders Come From White House, Former Defense Secretary Says

Leon Panetta, former director of the CIA and former Secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama, defended the National Security Administration's controversial surveillance techniques, arguing that it is only following orders from the White House.

Panetta: US may have to use military force against Iran

Addressing the Anti-Defamation League’s 100th annual meeting on Thursday night, former US secretary of defense and CIA director Leon Panetta told the ballroom of around 600 people that while the US has “implemented unprecedented sanctions and pressure on Iran, we may very well have to use military force to back up our policy, ” Israeli [...]

Despite Talks, Panetta Urges Skepticism on Iran, Syria

Despite diplomatic advances involving Iran and Syria, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged skepticism toward prospects of meaningful progress by either regime.

Benghazi Victim’s Mom: Obama, Hillary, and Biden ‘All Lied to Me’

7 months agoNews : Mediaite

Pat Smith insisted that she was repeatedly lied to by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who all immediately blamed the attack on the spontaneous demonstrations arising in response to a YouTube video.

Gates and Panetta Criticize Obama's Response to Chemical Attacks in Syria

7 months agoNews : Reason

Speaking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas Obama’s first two secretaries of defense, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both criticized the president’s response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, saying that they would not have asked...Show More Summary

Meet Obama’s Newest Syria Critics: His Secretaries of Defense

7 months agoNews : Mediaite

Former Obama administration Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Leon Panetta both criticized President Barack Obama's Syria policy at an forum at Southern Methodist University on Tuesday night, arguing that Obama had jeopardized the U.S.'s credibility by failing to enforce his own red line, and that he should not have gone to Congress for authorization to strike.

Obama's Former Defense Secretaries Slam Syria Bungle

It is not only that President Obama has so bungled his handling of Syria that even the media are unable to whitewash it, but neither are the president's first two defense secretaries, Leon Panetta and Robert Gates. The New York Times...Show More Summary

David_Halperin: Leon Panetta Quits Corinthian Colleges Board; Marc Morial Should, Too

On April 30, I published an article criticizing former Obama Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and National Urban League President Marc Morial for joining the...

When Women Fight, Civilization Loses

And so it came, the coup de grace. The final "barrier" to "opportunities" for women in combat is no more. With a stroke of their pens, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen....

Source: DOD Delayed IG Report on Bin Laden Raid Leaks Until After Election

Not only did former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta leak the name of the Navy SEAL group responsible for the killing of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, but the release of the Pentagon Inspector General’s (IG) report revealing the incident, which was ready in July 2012, was delayed until now. Show More Summary

Distinguished Drone Warfare

11 months agoNews : Reason

Nicknamed the “Nintendo medal,” this decoration would go to roops who fight America’s wars from behind computer consoles. The February debut of the Distinguished Warfare Medal saw former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praising droneShow More Summary

Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to publish memoir with The Penguin Press

11 months agoEntertainment / Books : Page Views

There is nary a better way to describe Leon Panetta than “justly revered as a leader who understands power and makes hard choices, but who nonetheless is able to bring people together to get things done.” Whaddaguy. And, if your admiration of Panetta is as rapturously colored as that of...

Leon Panetta to Write a Washington Memoir

The former congressman, defense secretary and C.I.A. director said his book, bought by Penguin Press, would go behind the scenes of government.

7 Badass Military Women From Film And Television

2013 has been a big year for women in the military: in January, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the 1994 rule that barred female soldiers from front-line positions. In one fell swoop, the military enacted the largest expansion of women in ground combat roles to date. Show More Summary

Why Obama Didn’t Send in the Troops

Why didn’t President Obama order troops to Benghazi to protect what remained of our diplomatic delegation and their security staff? The only known communication between the president and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta during the attack took place about one and one half hours after the assault began. Show More Summary

Corinthian Colleges Appoints Leon Panetta to Its Board

Corinthian Colleges has appointed former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial to its board of directors. Panetta, also a former director of the CIA, served on Corinthian's board from 2008-2009. Show More Summary

Arms makers welcome dialogue with Pentagon as budget woes rise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Executives at U.S. weapons makers on Tuesday said their meeting on Monday with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was a "positive continuation" of a dialogue begun by his predecessor, Leon Panetta.

The Distinguished Warfare Medal, Now a “Distinguishing Device”

In a move that was certain to be controversial, and as one of his last acts as Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta authorized a new Medal, the Distinguished Warfare Medal (DWM), to be awarded to service members whose extraordinary achievements, regardless of their distance to the traditional combat theater, deserve distinct department-wide recognition. Some of [...]

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