United States Secretary of Defense

Leon Panetta

Pentagon notifies Congress of likely furloughs

WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may be compelled to furlough the “vast majority” of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers.

02/20/2013

sister-soldiers

Sister soldiers

Are women ready for frontline combat? ABC’s Cecilia Vega shows you what it takes to be a woman on the front lines.

01/24/2013

Amenas natural gas field, Algeria

Panetta: US-British working to free hostages

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. is working with the British and Algerian governments to assess the situation at a natural gas complex in the Sahara where Islamic militants are holding hostages from at least 10 countries.

01/18/2013

Defense budget

Military leaders warn Congress of ‘hollow’ force

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top military leaders warned Congress in unusually stark terms that failure to pass a 2013 defense budget plus automatic budget cuts has pushed the Pentagon to the brink of a crisis.

01/16/2013

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Panetta: Complete background checks by Jan. 21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is giving the Defense Department and the military services until Jan. 21 to review the backgrounds of all employees in contact with children in department programs and to report back in writing.

12/21/2012

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Pentagon day care review expanding to schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expanding a Pentagon review of hiring at military day care centers to include Defense Department schools, youth centers and other facilities where children are present.

12/19/2012

Panetta asks for review of ethics training

BANGKOK (AP) – Citing a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has asked the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review ethics training and to brainstorm on ways to steer […]

11/15/2012

General demoted for lavish travel, spending

WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior U.S. official says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized […]

11/13/2012

Panetta: Admin deciding on post-2014 troop levels

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE PACIFIC (AP) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Obama administration is nearing a decision in the next few weeks on how many U.S. troops will remain in […]

11/12/2012

Pentagon timeline shows military response to Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) – New Pentagon details show that the first U.S. military unit arrived in Libya more than 14 hours after the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was over, and four Americans, including the […]

11/09/2012

US sends forces to Jordan in case of Syrian escalation

BRUSSELS (AP) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the United States has sent troops to the Jordan-Syria border to help build a headquarters in Jordan and bolster that country’s military capabilities in the event that […]

10/10/2012

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