Panetta launches tell-all dirt dishing memoir

2014-10-08 05:00

It's as much a Washington tradition as fireworks on 4 July, the blockbuster memoir is a rite of passage for retired power brokers keen to settle scores

US veteran spouses hail gay marriage ruling

2013-06-28 12:07

A US Supreme Court ruling has ensured that same-sex spouses of gay veterans and service members will be able to share in their benefits.

Nato to bid farewell to Panetta

2013-02-21 12:00

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will get a fond farewell from his Nato colleagues, as the alliance faces a difficult withdrawal from Afghanistan and looks for a new supreme military commander.

US creates medal for cyber, drone warriors

2013-02-14 12:00

The Pentagon has unveiled a new medal to honour "extraordinary" troops who launch cyber attacks or drone strikes from their consoles, even if they do not risk their lives in combat.

US military is not a 911 service

2013-02-07 20:31

The US military is not a 911 service ready to rush to every emergency around the world, Pentagon Chief Leon Panetta has told lawmakers.

Obama backs decision to let women serve

2013-01-24 21:41

President Barack Obama has fully supported the Pentagon's decision to lift a ban on women serving in frontline combat roles.

US military to lift combat ban on women

2013-01-24 09:00

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will lift a ban on women serving in combat, officials say.

No US ground troops in Mali

2013-01-15 18:44

Panetta says the US has ruled out putting any American troops on the ground in Mali.

Panetta in Kabul to discuss troop levels

2012-12-12 15:03

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has flown to Afghanistan to confer with commanders about troop levels beyond 2014, as President Barack Obama considers the US military's future role.

No new steps by Syria on chemical weapons

2012-12-11 15:00

Syria has not taken any new steps in recent days that signal a readiness to use its chemical weapons arsenal, says US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, citing intelligence reports.

Allen resumes command in Afghanistan

2012-11-21 22:17

General John Allen has returned to Kabul to resume his duties as the commander of the war in Afghanistan, after the Pentagon announced it is investigating potentially "inappropriate" correspondence with a woman.

CIA scandal: General's e-mails 'flirtatious'

2012-11-14 08:34

Investigators have uncovered 20 000-plus pages of documents and e-mails between Afghan war chief General John Allen and a Tampa socialite. Some of the material has been characterised as "flirtatious".

US general probed in Petraeus scandal

2012-11-13 16:01

The career of General John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, is now in jeopardy due to the investigation of the David Petraeus sex scandal.

US sends military troops to Jordan

2012-10-10 17:42

The Us has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to help build a headquarters in Jordan and bolster that country's military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria.

Netanyahu demands 'red line' on Iran

2012-09-27 22:33

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded that the international community impose a red line on Iran to prevent it from enriching enough uranium for a nuclear bomb.

US lifts ban on New Zealand naval ships

2012-09-21 09:03

The United States has lifted a ban that prevented New Zealand naval ships visiting US ports or bases since the 1980s, says a senior official, hailing a "new era" in relations between the two nations.

US urges China to up military contacts

2012-09-18 09:00

The US has urged China to allow closer military contacts to reduce the risk of confrontation, as the two powers grapple with a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo.

Panetta offers Tunisia help

2012-07-30 21:55

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says Washington is ready to help Tunisia develop its capacities to combat al-Qaeda, and urged closer regional co-operation in fighting the terror network.

Pakistan rejects US safe haven claims

2012-06-09 14:27

Islamabad has rejected US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta's recent comments on militant safe havens in Pakistan, a move that could intensify tensions between troubled allies.

Pentagon to shift warships to pacific

2012-06-02 10:01

The Pentagon will shift more Navy warships to the Asia-Pacific region over the next several years, and by 2020, about 60% of the fleet will be assigned there, says US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

Panetta apologises for photos

2012-04-18 22:49

US defence secretary Leon Panetta has apologised for photos purporting to show US troops with bodies of Afghan insurgents.

Russia backs Syria ceasefire monitors

2012-03-13 17:56

Russia says it will press Syria to accept international monitors to observe the implementation of a "simultaneous" ceasefire between government troops and rebels.

Top military leader - Syria risky for US

2012-03-07 22:38

Leon Panetta says US armed forces would be ready for Syria but talks of risks.

US to maintain 11 carriers, despite cuts

2012-01-22 15:30

Pentagon budget cuts will not threaten the US aircraft carrier fleet and the Navy plans to keep 11 afloat, says Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

Desecration video - 2 marines identified

2012-01-12 22:41

The US Marines Corps has identified at least two of the four Marines in an internet video that purports to depict them urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan.


Former Pentagon chiefs criticise Obama over Syria

2013-09-19 11:02

Two former Pentagon chiefs who served under Barack Obama have criticised the president over the Syria crisis and his request to Congress to authorise possible US military action.

US 'can't dictate': Pentagon's new chief

2013-02-28 08:05

US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, has said that America needs to work with allies and build relationships with other nations, shortly after being sworn in as the new Pentagon chief.

Republicans delay Hagel vote

2013-02-15 09:08

Republican senators have delayed former Senator Chuck Hagel's nomination to be President Barack Obama's next secretary of defence, at least temporarily.

Panetta defends response in Libya attack

2013-02-07 22:15

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says the speed of the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi has kept US armed forces from responding in time to save the four Americans who were killed.

Panetta: Political knives out for Hagel

2013-02-03 21:49

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says "the political knives" came out when Chuck Hagel faced fellow Republicans during his confirmation hearing to be Pentagon chief.

Panetta: Women in combat is a strength

2013-01-24 19:03

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says letting women serve in combat roles will strengthen the military's ability to win wars.

US commander cleared in Petraeus case

2013-01-23 19:46

A Pentagon investigation has cleared General John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, of professional misconduct in exchanging e-mails with a civilian woman linked to a sex scandal.

Nato scales back joint Afghan operations

2012-12-12 21:57

Nato troops are scaling back joint operations with their Afghan allies and have focused on providing air power and other logistical support as Western combat forces gradually withdraw, a senior US general has said.

US to keep strong presence in Mideast

2012-12-11 22:35

The US military will retain a "strong presence" in the Middle East despite a strategic shift to Asia, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said during a visit to Kuwait.

US servicewomen sue military over ban

2012-11-28 07:53

Four US servicewomen, including two who won Purple Hearts in Afghanistan, have sued the Pentagon over its policy barring women from ground combat.

Don't jump to conclusions on Allen: Panetta

2012-11-14 12:00

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has warned against jumping to conclusions over the actions of General John Allen, who is embroiled in a scandal that has already cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job.

US general demoted for splurging

2012-11-13 22:39

The former head of the US Africa command, accused of splurging on lavish travel and other unauthorised expenses, has been demoted.

No rush for Afghanistan exit - Nato

2012-10-10 19:45

Nato has insisted there was no move towards a speedier withdrawal from Afghanistan despite recent setbacks, including deadly insider attacks, as the alliance prepared for its post-2014 role.

Military not for law enforcement: Panetta

2012-10-08 16:39

Latin American nations must try to use their police and not their military forces to enforce the law, says US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

Terror group killed US envoy in Libya

2012-09-27 22:00

The attack that killed the US ambassador to Libya this month was carried out by terrorists, but an ongoing investigation into the incident will have to determine which group was involved.

Chinese leader-in-waiting meets Panetta

2012-09-19 09:00

China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, whose disappearance from public view for two weeks this month prompted widespread rumours, has met visiting US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

Panetta seeks to calm Japan-China tensions

2012-09-17 07:36

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is seeking to calm simmering tensions between Japan and China in meetings with officials in Tokyo, amid an escalating row over territorial rights.

Panetta heads to Middle East

2012-07-29 16:38

Pentagon chief Panetta is in the Middle East to consult with leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Israel and Jordan

US reaching 'limits of patience' with Pakistan

2012-06-07 13:02

The US is running out of patience with Pakistan for tolerating safe havens that allow insurgents to attack US troops across the border in Afghanistan, says US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

Panetta defends Afghanistan plan

2012-05-27 18:27

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has defended the Obama administration's plans to wind down the more than decade-long war in Afghanistan.

Afghan drives on runway as Panetta lands

2012-03-14 21:45

An Afghan stole a vehicle at a major Nato base in Afghanistan and drove it onto a runway ramp around the time US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived on an unannounced visit.

Afghan soldier killed at massacre funeral

2012-03-13 17:56

Gunmen have attacked an Afghan memorial service for 16 villagers killed by a US soldier, shooting dead a member of the Afghan military and wounding a policeman.

US will ensure Israel defence capability

2012-03-06 22:08

The United States will ensure Israel retains "military superiority" over its adversaries as the country faces the potential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

US Marines grilled over desecration video

2012-01-13 22:25

Two US Marines pictured in a video urinating on the corpses of militants in Afghanistan have been questioned and two other suspects will be grilled soon, a military official says.

Pentagon chief Panetta visits Libya

2011-12-17 14:31

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is in Tripoli on the first visit to Libya by a Pentagon chief to study up close the security needs of the new government.

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