Articles Tagged 'Leon Panetta'

U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta speaks about a suicide bombing near a NATO base, during a joint news conference with Afghan President Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

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February 8, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified Thursday morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on… READ MORE
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Panetta Removes Military Ban on Women in Combat, Opening Thousands of Front Line Positions

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January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the military’s ban on women serving in combat, a move that will allow women into hundreds of… READ MORE

Panetta Warns of Dire Threat of Cyberattack on U.S.

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October 12, 2012
By ELISABETH BUMILLER and THOM SHANKER, The New York Times
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government. In a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space …
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GOP senators ask Panetta to make sure troops can vote

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September 8, 2012
By Shaun Waterman-The Washington Times Six Republican senators are asking Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta personally to intervene to ensure that U.S. troops stationed away from home get the chance to register and vote in the upcoming election.
They say Pentagon officials are ignoring a 2009 law that ordered the military to set up a special voting-assistance office… READ MORE

Pentagon announces that June is Gay Pride month for troops

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June 16, 2012
By Hope Hodge, Human Events It’s been about eight months since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gay troops serving openly came to an end, after a firestorm of debate that had even the different military service chiefs taking opposing sides.
Now, the AP reports that the Pentagon will take the month of June to celebrate gay pride.… READ MORE

Panetta tells troops misconduct hurts morale, mission

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May 5, 2012
By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) — The enemy may be losing on the battlefield in Afghanistan, but he is trying to win the public relations war with the help of misconduct among a few U.S. military personnel, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told soldiers Friday.
Panetta, speaking at Fort Benning, Georgia, acknowledged the first anniversary of the killing… READ MORE

Panetta: Deep defense cuts mean fewer troops

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November 15, 2011
(AP)  WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. ground forces would drop to levels not seen since 1940, the Navy would drop to the smallest number of ships since 1915 and the Air Force would be the smallest ever, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in warning Congress of the dire implications of deeper defense cuts. The Pentagon chief on Monday offered… READ MORE

Panetta to Certify DADT Repeal Today

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July 22, 2011
by Bryant Jordan, Military.com
Newly appointed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is expected to formally certify today that the services are ready to implement the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the 17-year-old law that barred homosexuals from serving openly in the military. The move comes just three weeks after he was formally sworn into office and little more than
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Top Secret America: Post documents growth of intelligence since 9/11

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July 19, 2010
Associated Press A two-year investigation by the newspaper uncovered what it termed a “Top Secret America” that’s mostly hidden from public view and largely lacking in oversight.
(Read the full “Top Secret America” report here.) In its first installment of a series of reports, the Post said there are now more than 1,200 government organizations and more than 1,900… READ MORE

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