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World needs to keep 'maximum pressure' on Iran, Panetta saysupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:13:00

The United States won't let Iran obtain a nuclear weapon, "period," but sanctions remain the best tool to keep Tehran off the nuclear path, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday in Israel.

Panetta kicks off tour to the Middle Eastupdated: Sun Jul 29 2012 22:29:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Tunisia late Sunday for the first leg of a five-day, four-nation trip to North Africa and the Middle East.

Why rapists in military get away with itupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 08:19:00

If you serve in the U.S. military and you rape or sexually assault a fellow service member, chances are you won't be punished. In fact, you have an estimated 86.5% chance of keeping your crime a secret and a 92% chance of avoiding a court-martial.

Panetta visits former U.S. base in Vietnam updated: Mon Jun 04 2012 05:34:00

Leon Panetta visited a former U.S. Navy base in Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday, marking the first trip to the base by an American defense secretary since the war ended.

Panetta leaving on 9-day trip to Asia updated: Wed May 30 2012 09:54:00

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta leaves Wednesday on a nine-day trip to Asia to bring allies there up to speed on the United States' new Pacific-orientated defense strategy.

State laws supersede Pentagon on gay marriages at U.S. basesupdated: Thu May 10 2012 19:10:00

Gay service members who want to marry often can't have the ceremony on military bases in the United States. It's not the Pentagon that has authority, but the states where the bases are located.

Panetta warns troopsupdated: Fri May 04 2012 21:29:00

After a series of scandals the entire military received a warning against bad behavior, CNN's Barbara Starr reports

Panetta tells troops misconduct hurts morale, missionupdated: Fri May 04 2012 21:29:00

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: 'No kind of silver bullet' to destroy al Qaedaupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 04:37:00

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says there is no question that the United States is safer with Osama bin Laden, the architect of al Qaeda, dead, but contends there is no "silver bullet" to destroy the terror network.

Clinton and Panetta on North Koreaupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 04:27:00

Secretaries Clinton and Panetta discuss the situation in North Korea in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Panetta: 'We're within an inch of war almost every day'updated: Thu Apr 19 2012 04:27:00

The United States is prepared for "any contingency" when it comes to dealing with North Korea, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told CNN.

Study: Sex assault complaints in military have leveled off in past three yearsupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 20:29:00

Reports of violent sexual crimes against U.S. troops have leveled off in the military since 2009, according to a new study released by the Pentagon on Friday.

Official: Panetta misinterpreted on 'permission' for Syria interventionupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 09:49:00

The Pentagon tried to clarify remarks made by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, when he told a Senate committtee on Wednesday that the U.S. military is seeking "permission" from a foreign organization to intervene in Syria.

Panetta: Pressure mounting on Syriaupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 09:49:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the ongoing Syria crisis.

Senate committee debates defense budgetupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 15:08:00

Some of the Senate's big guns opened fire Tuesday on the new defense budget request, calling it "unacceptable" and saying they were "seriously concerned."

Panetta: Smaller military is preferableupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 11:18:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta discusses plans for a leaner, less expensive military.

Experts divided on Pentagon's proposed cutsupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 21:58:00

Some military experts Friday called Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's proposed budget cuts "much ado about nothing," but others expressed concern about the potential of a shrinking U.S. military in the strategic Mideast and Asia.

Obama to Panetta: 'Good job' on rescueupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 21:58:00

Obama told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta "good job" at the State of the Union ahead of news of a rescue in Somalia.

Panetta: "One assault is one too many"updated: Wed Jan 18 2012 20:50:00

Leon Panetta discusses sexual assault in the U.S. military, saying one assault is one too many.

Pentagon targets military sex assaultsupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 20:50:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta outlined new measures Wednesday targeting sexual assaults against U.S military personnel, saying he has "no higher responsibility than to protect those who are protecting America."

Panetta: U.S. willing to pursue diplomacy with Iran but ready for 'any contingency' updated: Wed Jan 18 2012 18:44:00

A diplomatic solution with Iran is still possible, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

Blunt warnings from U.S. to Iranupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 18:44:00

The United States is warning Iran of certain "red lines" they should not cross. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

Panetta sends stern message about hazing to all service membersupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 18:18:00

Shortly after charges were filed last week in connection with the apparent suicide of an Army private in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta added a pointed anti-bullying directive to a holiday message to service members around the world.

Panetta readies military's futureupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 16:55:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is days away from unveiling a long-awaited strategic review of the future of military forces, the military's global role and its missions, a senior Pentagon official tells CNN. The strategy is expected to be the fundamental blueprint for the U.S. military over the next decade.

Panetta optimistic about Afghanistanupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 12:22:00

This year "will mark a turning point" in Afghanistan and other regions, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday.

Panetta concerned but confident about U.S. row with Pakistanupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 22:19:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta mastered the obvious Monday when speaking about the current state of U.S. relations with Pakistan in the wake of a cross-border shooting that Pakistan said left 24 of its soldiers dead. "What took place has complicated that relationship," Panetta said to reporters at the start of his latest overseas trip.

Panetta to issue new guidance on dealing with sexual assaultupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 17:24:00

Amid congressional and legal pressure on the Pentagon to fight harder against sexual assault in the ranks, the Defense Department signaled Friday that changes are on the way.

Dire warnings from Pentagon over potential defense cutsupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 19:21:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta turned up the heat on Congress Monday, warning that looming automatic budget cuts would undermine national security and set off a financial chain reaction from the hallways of the Pentagon, to the battlefields of Afghanistan, to civilian assembly lines.

Panetta: Dover has sacred responsibilityupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 19:37:00

Secy. of Defense Leon Panetta responds to reports that cremated remains of service members were disposed of in landfills.

Panetta wants more scrutiny of Air Force mortuary problemsupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 19:37:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta promised further investigation Thursday into how the Air Force mortuary mishandled bodies of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he seemed uncertain about when the families had been informed of problems and what the consequences should be for the people responsible.

Hill presses for details on possible Pentagon cutsupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 15:55:00

Calls for details about what budget cuts the Defense Department is considering are coming from both houses of Congress and both parties. And they are getting more urgent.

Panetta starts visit to Asia with praise for Chinaupdated: Sun Oct 23 2011 21:16:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised China on more than one occasion Sunday during a series of meetings with fellow defense ministers from southeast Asia, but hinted if relations between the United States and China worsen, it could be a threat to "the security of the world."

Panetta promises to speed up Pentagon audit updated: Thu Oct 13 2011 15:26:00

The Defense Department, considered by some a black hole of federal spending, is promising lawmakers it will open its books and show in detail how the billions are spent.

Secretary of defense addresses security amid economic turmoilupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 20:11:00

The man charged with protecting America from threats is worried about one threat coming from Capitol Hill.

Panetta: No decision yet to end NATO mission in Libyaupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 12:25:00

The United States believes NATO has accomplished its mission in Libya, but the formal decision to end air attacks and other operations is still in the future, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

Remembering September 11, and a reminder of unfinished businessupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 20:02:00

Every few moments another plane seemed to be bearing down on the Pentagon on Friday, but they were only on their final approach to nearby Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Obama attends transfer of service members' remains from downed copterupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 20:10:00

President Barack Obama and top Pentagon officials including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen attended Tuesday's dignified transfer of the remains of 38 U.S. and Afghan personnel killed on board a helicopter shot down in Afghanistan over the weekend.

Troops' remains return homeupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 20:10:00

Barbara Starr reports on the military's "dignified transfer" of the troops killed in a helicopter attack in Afghanistan.

Panetta slams 'doomsday' military cutsupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 18:00:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Michael Mullen sound off on possible budget cuts for the U.S. military.

Panetta picks up where predecessor left off on Pentagon budget cutsupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 18:00:00

Vowing that he "came into this job to fight," Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said he intends to make sure "some common sense prevails" as Congress works to find more ways to reduce the national debt.

Defense secretary tells enemies 'we will not back down'updated: Fri Jul 22 2011 18:36:00

Three weeks into the job, new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was like a high-tech weapons systems Friday, firing off messages in all directions.

Official: Pentagon set to certify repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'updated: Thu Jul 21 2011 22:45:00

The Pentagon is set to certify that the U.S. military is prepared to accept openly gay and lesbian service members, and doing so will not harm military readiness, a U.S. official told CNN on Thursday.

Panetta's language not necessarily reflected in official transcriptupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 17:58:00

New Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has the self-confidence and the long Washington experience to call 'em like he sees 'em.

Panetta in Iraq for talksupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 06:15:00

Iraqi leaders need to crack down on armed factions that have been targeting American troops with Iranian-supplied weapons, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday.

New Defense Secretary Panetta: We have al Qaeda 'on the run'updated: Sun Jul 10 2011 10:04:00

The United States "is within reach of strategically defeating al Qaeda," newly appointed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday.

Leon Panetta's balancing actupdated: Sun Jul 10 2011 10:04:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on CIA Director Leon Panetta's confirmation hearing to be the next defense secretary.

Six troops receive July 4th calls from new defense secretaryupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 11:11:00

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta marked his first Fourth of July by making calls to troops serving abroad, the Defense Department said Monday.

Panetta takes control of Pentagonupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 10:44:00

Leon Panetta was sworn in as the nation's 23rd defense secretary Friday, replacing Robert Gates.

Gates: It was an honor to serveupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 10:44:00

Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom and reflects on his tenure.

Panetta visits Pentagon day after confirmation voteupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 11:27:00

Leon Panetta, the incoming defense secretary, visited the Pentagon Wednesday, a day after the Senate confirmed him by a rare 100-0 vote to replace Robert Gates.

Senate approves Panetta's nomination as defense secretaryupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 18:19:00

The Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to CIA Director Leon Panetta's nomination to become defense secretary when Robert Gates steps down at the end of June.

Senate panel endorses Panetta's nomination as defense secretaryupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 14:32:00

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday endorsed Leon Panetta's nomination to become defense secretary when Robert Gates steps down at the end of June.

Panetta tries to repair strained relations with Pakistanupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 08:43:00

In Pakistan to repair damaged relations, CIA Director Leon Panetta urged top officials to step up efforts to hunt militants operating within its borders as the United States reduced troop levels in the south Asian nation at the request of Islamabad.

Panetta draws bipartisan praise in confirmation hearingupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 06:23:00

Leon Panetta, poised to jump between two of Washington's toughest jobs -- from director of the CIA to secretary of defense -- basked in bipartisan praise Thursday.

Career of dependability marks Panetta's path to Pentagonupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 16:33:00

Even by Washington's standards, Leon Panetta's resume portrays the ultimate insider -- a smooth navigator of Congress, the federal budget, the White House and the CIA. He's worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents. And the CIA's role in last month's raid and killing of Osama bin Laden gave his solid-gold credentials new luster.

Defense Department, Panetta prepare for confirmation, transitionupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 18:32:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta, the president's pick to be the next secretary of defense, has been meeting with senior Department of Defense leaders to prepare for this week's confirmation hearing, the Pentagon said Monday.

Panetta warns staff against leaks on Osama bin Laden raidupdated: Wed May 18 2011 22:36:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta, concerned by leaks about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, sent a letter to CIA employees on Wednesday warning them to protect classified information.

Clock ticking for Obama's security teamupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 07:59:00

When President Obama unveiled his revamped national security team in the East Room, he quickly joked about how badly Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been itching to finally get serious about retirement.

Obama shuffles familiar faces in key security rolesupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 17:23:00

President Barack Obama on Thursday shuffled familiar faces in his national security team to deal with the pending retirement of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, reflecting a desire for continuity and the changing nature of modern warfare.

New men, new missions at Pentagon and CIAupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 17:10:00

It's Washington's version of the reality television show "Wife Swap."

CNNMoney: Panetta's mission: Can he cut the Pentagon?updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 15:42:00

Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defense the Reagan administration, is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Laura Conley is a research associate at the center.

Obama selects Panetta for defense secretary, Petraeus for CIAupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 06:56:00

In the most extensive reshaping of the Obama administration's national security team to date, the president will name Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary, top U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Experts: Panetta's political savvy a plus for Defenseupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 06:28:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta is a smart choice to replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates because of his political skill and maturity, his many years of government experience, and his knack of generating trust with others, observers say.

Challenges for Obama's new national security team are hugeupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 12:22:00

President Barack Obama's national security shake-up will pit some of America's most able practitioners against some of the nation's most intractable challenges.

Obama selects Panetta for defense secretaryupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 10:12:00

President Barack Obama will name CIA Director Leon Panetta as his nominee to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Intelligence chiefs: Social media helped in monitoring recent revoltsupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 07:19:00

The nation's top intelligence officials told senators they used not only intelligence but clues in social media to keep abreast of recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, but they admitted the task is a daunting one given the overwhelming amount of information available.

Intelligence officials warn of new terror threatsupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 19:30:00

A rapidly evolving terrorist threat will continue to dominate U.S. security concerns over the course of the next year, top intelligence officials told members of Congress on Thursday.

CIA chief: No more leakingupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 15:37:00

The head of the Central Intelligence Agency sent a stern warning Monday to the nation's spies and employees to button up the leaks.

Panetta: Afghan war has 'serious problems,' but progress being madeupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 01:45:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that the war in Afghanistan had "serious problems," but the U.S.-led mission was making progress.

Is Panetta right about Afghanistan?updated: Mon Jun 28 2010 01:45:00

Senator Saxby Chambliss talks to CNN's Candy Crowley about Leon Panetta's statements on the progress in Afghanistan.

Who wants to be U.S. intelligence chief?updated: Mon May 31 2010 20:51:00

Now that Dennis Blair has packed his bags after 16 months as the nation's chief intelligence officer, finding a new director to lead the 16 agencies of the intelligence community is turning out to be a tough sell.

U.S. believes al Qaeda still deadly but 'on the run'updated: Thu Mar 18 2010 08:40:00

An intercepted message indicates some members of al Qaeda are looking to the group's founder for more visible leadership, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN Wednesday after CIA director Leon Panetta talked about the message in a newspaper interview.

Source: CIA hired Blackwater to help hunt al Qaeda leadersupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 21:14:00

The Central Intelligence Agency hired the private security firm Blackwater USA in 2004 to work on a covert program aimed at targeting and potentially killing top al Qaeda leaders, according to a source familiar with the program.

House panel to investigate secret CIA programupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 21:13:00

The House Intelligence Committee will investigate whether any laws were broken when the CIA concealed a now-canceled counterterrorism program from Congress, the panel's chairman announced Friday.

Cheney getting 'bum rap' on CIA program, ex-officials sayupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 23:05:00

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is getting a "bum rap" over reports that he ordered the CIA to withhold information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress, two former U.S. intelligence officials told CNN Monday.

Congress, Cheney, and the CIAupdated: Sun Jul 12 2009 15:24:00

Watch as four senators weigh in on the relationship between Congress, the CIA and then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

Senator: Cheney and alleged secret CIA program 'a problem'updated: Sun Jul 12 2009 15:24:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta testified to a congressional committee that he was told former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the intelligence agency to withhold information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

House Dems: Panetta testified CIA has misled Congress repeatedlyupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 18:31:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta recently testified to Congress that the agency concealed information and misled lawmakers repeatedly since 2001, according to a letter from seven House Democrats to Panetta made public Wednesday.

Did CIA mislead Congress?updated: Thu Jul 09 2009 18:31:00

The CIA has been accused of deceiving lawmakers for years. CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

Republicans, Democrats trade barbs on alleged CIA wrongdoingupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 17:33:00

Partisan sniping over allegations that the CIA intentionally misled lawmakers in recent years escalated sharply Thursday, with Republicans accusing Democrats of undermining national security and Democrats charging intelligence officials with illegally concealing information.

CIA asks court to keep interrogation records secretupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 10:20:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta on Monday asked a federal judge to keep records of U.S. interrogations of top al Qaeda captives secret, arguing their release could cause "exceptionally grave" damage to national security.

U.S. airstrikes in Pakistan called 'very effective'updated: Mon May 18 2009 18:48:00

U.S. airstrikes aimed at al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan have been "very effective," with few civilian deaths as a result, CIA Director Leon Panetta said Monday in a rare public acknowledgment of the raids.

CIA bars contractors from doing interrogationsupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 21:26:00

CIA Director Leon Panetta has carried through on his pledge to prohibit independent contractors from conducting interrogations of terror suspects.

CIA chief arrives in Pakistanupdated: Sat Mar 21 2009 06:22:00

Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, arrived in Pakistan on Saturday morning, a Pakistani Interior Ministry official said.

Senate confirms Panetta as CIA directorupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 21:42:00

The Senate on Thursday night confirmed Leon Panetta as CIA director by unanimous consent.

In today's intelligence hierarchy, who really runs the show?updated: Thu Feb 12 2009 11:59:00

CIA vs. DNI -- the clash of the titans.

Senate committee backs Panetta as CIA chiefupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 18:24:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send the nomination of Leon Panetta as CIA director to the full Senate for confirmation.

Panetta: I'd shun controversial interrogation techniquesupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 22:04:00

President Obama's choice to be the next CIA director said Thursday that, on his watch, suspected terrorists would not be tortured or sent to other countries that might use torture.

Obama names CIA, national intelligence directorsupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 14:19:00

President-elect Barack Obama on Friday announced Leon Panetta as his pick for CIA director and retired Adm. Dennis Blair for director of national intelligence.

Obama picks security teamupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 14:19:00

President-elect Barack Obama has selected Leon Panetta as CIA director and Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence.

Feinstein now supports Panetta for CIA directorupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 20:35:00

A key senator has dropped her concerns about Leon Panetta becoming director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Ex-agent criticized Panettaupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 13:15:00

Ex CIA agent Michael Scheuer talks with Heidi Collins about why he is against the nomination of Leon Panetta.

Panetta pick as CIA chief under fireupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 13:15:00

Could someone without intelligence experience effectively lead the United States' top spy agency, particularly in a time of war?

Commentary: U.S. needs a spy chief with experienceupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 07:35:00

Leon Panetta is an impressive man with many laudable achievements to his credit.

Obama to name Panetta to lead CIA, Blair as intelligence chiefupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 21:09:00

Leon Panetta, chief of staff in President Bill Clinton's White House, will be President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be CIA director, two Democratic officials told CNN on Monday.


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