WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says decisions to strike potential terrorist targets with unmanned drones don't "come lightly." Panetta says those who authorize the drone strikes make sure they "are focused on somebody who is ... a direct threat to the United States." In an interview released Sunday by... more »
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce today that women will now be allowed to serve in combat roles.
That presents a challenge for the Pentagon as military leaders will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.
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WASHINGTON- Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war. The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a... more »
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that the military did not have armed aircraft near Libya that could have helped defend against the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In a letter to Republican Sen. John McCain... more »
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending his department's slimmed-down, $614 billion budget plan, telling senators it's time they show they are serious about reducing the deficit. Panetta says budget cuts will hit all 50 states, and he says the reductions were carefully planned so there is little room... more »