1. U.S. troops disarmed for Panetta visit


    ... (NYTIMES) — A tense visit to Afghanistan by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta got off ... at a British military airfield and crashed into a ditch as Mr. Panettas plane was landing. Mr ... . Panetta was unhurt but Pentagon officials said the Afghan driver emerged from the vehicle in flames

  2. Marines disarmed for Leon Panetta speech


    ... Panetta spoke and to leave them there, while Afghan troops already were unarmed, as is customary for these eve ... to a venue where Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was scheduled to speak, according to reports ... in Afghanistan have kept hold of their weapons when Panetta addressed them. But on Wednesday

  3. Leon Panetta: Government-elite commuter

    ... will the president root out the outrage at what the Washington Times headline noted: "Panetta defends $860,000 ... straight'" Page 1 of the Washington Post was headlined: "Panetta says he regrets cost of his flights ... Secretary Panetta move his wife and family to the Washington area, as so many members of Congress and so

  4. No U.S. troops in Syria if chemical weapons used


    ... (Washington Times) No U.S. ground troops will be sent to Syria to secure chemical weapons ... if the Syrian regime falls, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Thursday in the Defense Department's most ... boots on the ground," Mr. Panetta said at a Pentagon briefing. "I think you always have to keep

  5. New medal created for cyber, drone wars


    ... WASHINGTON (AP) They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. But the troops ... Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can ... be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar. I've

  6. Sources confirm U.S. gun-running to jihadists


    ... the U.S. special mission was involved in gun-running. Paul asked Clinton: "Is the U. S. involved ... issue just 13 days after the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks. The scandal has garnered more news media ... Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Secretary

  7. Taliban scraps peace talks

    U.S. Army soldiers board a helicopter as they leave after the end of one year deployment at Forward Operating Base Joyce in Kunar province

    ... (Reuters) - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai called for NATO troops to leave Afghan villages ... from his office after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said as a result of the weekend

  8. Pentagon budget cuts weapons, troops in 2013


    ... 2011. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced budget details last month, with a focus on how ... the Army and Marine Corps will shed 90,000 troops to save money over the next decade.

  9. Pentagon marks 'gay'-pride month in June

    Active Duty Military Members March In San Diego's Gay Pride Parade

    ... hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes nine months after repeal ... of the policy that had banned gay troops from serving openly and forced more than 13,500 service members out ... Panetta wants to honor the contributions of gay service members.

  10. Ron Paul: Ahead of his time

    ... . Consider. In December, the last U.S. troops left Iraq. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta now says that all ... are being abandoned. The defense budget for 2013 is $525 billion, down $6 billion from 2012 ... . The Army is to be cut by 75,000 troops; the Marine Corps by 20,000. Where Ronald Reagan sought a 600-ship