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.


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.

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