Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Panetta Calls for Release of Cop Killer's Records

Panetta Defends Military Response in Libya Attack

SANTA CRUZ -- Following up on comments at last week's memorial for two slain Santa Cruz police officers, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is calling for the release of the killer's court-martial records. Jeremy Peter Goulet, 35, was brought up on separate rape charges in 2006, only to see the Army drop them in exchange for an "other than h... more

Panetta: Review Background Checks By Jan. 21

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is giving the Defense Department and the military services until Jan. 21 to review the background checks on all employees who have contact with children in department programs, and to deliver a written report to him. Panetta's memo comes in the wake of revelations that at least 31 people were suspende... more

Pentagon Day Care Review Expanding to Schools


WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expanding a Pentagon review of hiring at military day care centers to include Defense Department schools, youth centers and other facilities where children are present. Pentagon press secretary George Little said Wednesday that officials are also questioning why it took three months for the Army to... more

Panetta Promises Cuts to Military Brass

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday the military will have fewer generals in a shrinking military whose future readiness is most threatened by political gridlock in Washington. The Army is drawing down from 570,000 to 490,000 soldiers, and the Marine Corps from 202,000 to 182,000. Reductions in force strength will require flag officers ... more

Panetta: Cuts Have Damaged Military's Readiness

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday the military's "readiness has been badly damaged" by sequester cuts. In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Panetta said that while the Navy SEALs and special forces are prepared for specified threats, in "broader crises, such as the Middle East, we are going to be impacting on our rea... more

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