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Former US' Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. ©Reuters/Eric Vidal
Two former Pentagon chiefs criticize Obama over Syria

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

Two former Pentagon chiefs criticize Obama over Syria
NATO to bid farewell to Panetta, seeks new military chief
NATO to bid farewell to Panetta, seeks new military chief

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will get a fond farewell from his NATO colleagues at a two-day meeting beginning Thursday.

NATO to bid farewell to Panetta, seeks new military chief
'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta
'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta

Chronic deadlock in Congress threatens to derail the US economy, damage national security and undermine public trust in its leaders.

'Dysfunction' in Congress puts US at risk: Panetta
China must stop threats in maritime disputes: US
China must stop threats in maritime disputes: US

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday urged China to avoid confrontation and seek out a peaceful dialogue with Japan and other countries over territorial disputes.

China must stop threats in maritime disputes: US
Panetta calls 'Zero Dark Thirty' a 'good movie'
Panetta calls 'Zero Dark Thirty' a 'good movie'

The man who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, ex-CIA director Leon Panetta, vouched Friday for "Zero Dark Thirty," calling it a "good movie".

Panetta calls 'Zero Dark Thirty' a 'good movie'
US needs to keep up drone war against Qaeda: Panetta
US needs to keep up drone war against Qaeda: Panetta

The United States will have to keep up an open-ended drone war against Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere to prevent another terror attack on America.

US needs to keep up drone war against Qaeda: Panetta
US military to lift ban on women in combat
US military to lift ban on women in combat

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will lift a ban on women serving in combat, officials said Wednesday -- a ground-breaking move after a decade of war that saw female troops thrust onto the battlefield.

US military to lift ban on women in combat
US will stand by Afghanistan, Panetta tells Karzai
US will stand by Afghanistan, Panetta tells Karzai

The United States sought to assure Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday that it would remain committed to his country even as US officials weigh a major withdrawal of American forces.

US will stand by Afghanistan, Panetta tells Karzai
Pentagon welcomes fiscal deal, warns against cuts
Pentagon welcomes fiscal deal, warns against cuts

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday welcomed a deal to avert automatic budget cuts that would have slashed military spending and caused "damaging" consequences.

Pentagon welcomes fiscal deal, warns against cuts
Panetta warns against retrenchment in fight against Al-Qaeda
Panetta warns against retrenchment in fight against Al-Qaeda

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Tuesday that the United States needed to press efforts on the diplomatic and development fronts to put an end to the Al-Qaeda terror network.

Panetta warns against retrenchment in fight against Al-Qaeda
Panetta to tout US shift to Asia at ASEAN defence talks
Panetta to tout US shift to Asia at ASEAN defence talks

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will outline Washington's strategic shift to the Pacific and a tentative rapprochement with Myanmar.

Panetta to tout US shift to Asia at ASEAN defence talks
Panetta on staying as Pentagon chief: 'Who the hell knows?'
Panetta on staying as Pentagon chief: 'Who the hell knows?'

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, a longtime veteran of Washington politics, sidestepped questions Monday about whether he would quit his post as expected and retire.

Panetta on staying as Pentagon chief: 'Who the hell knows?'
US military prepares new rules for cyber war:Panetta
US military prepares new rules for cyber war:Panetta

The United States faces a growing threat of a "cyber-Pearl Harbor" and has drafted new rules for the military that would enable it to move aggressively against digital attacks.

US military prepares new rules for cyber war:Panetta
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. ©REUTERS
US defense chief blasts Karzai over troop deaths

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has voiced frustration with Afghan President Hamid Karzai preferring to "criticize" American troops, rather than acknowledging the sacrifices they have made.

US defense chief blasts Karzai over troop deaths
Pentagon chief seeks to calm China-Japan row
Pentagon chief seeks to calm China-Japan row

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was to deliver an appeal for calm in talks with senior Chinese military leaders Tuesday amid an escalating territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo.

Pentagon chief seeks to calm China-Japan row
Pentagon chief seeks to calm Japan-China tensions
Pentagon chief seeks to calm Japan-China tensions

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

Pentagon chief seeks to calm Japan-China tensions
US positioning forces in response to Mideast unrest: Panetta
US positioning forces in response to Mideast unrest: Panetta

The US is positioning military forces so that it can respond to unrest in as many as 17 or 18 places in the Islamic world, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced late Friday.

US positioning forces in response to Mideast unrest: Panetta
At 9/11 memorial, a plea to remember US troops at war
At 9/11 memorial, a plea to remember US troops at war

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Americans not to forget the troops who are fighting and dying in Afghanistan.

At 9/11 memorial, a plea to remember US troops at war
Israel has not decided on Iran strike: Panetta
Israel has not decided on Iran strike: Panetta

Israel has not yet decided whether to strike Iran over its suspect nuclear program, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday, as Tehran dismissed the threat of an imminent attack.

Israel has not decided on Iran strike: Panetta
Iran unfazed by Israeli, US threats of force: Netanyahu
Iran unfazed by Israeli, US threats of force: Netanyahu

US and Israeli threats of a military strike have done nothing to stop Iran's pursuit of a nuclear capability, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said in talks with US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

Iran unfazed by Israeli, US threats of force: Netanyahu