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  • CIA seeks time on response to interrogation report

    The CIA asked a federal judge Thursday in Washington for more time to declassify its still-secret response to a Senate intelligence report on harsh interrogation techniques used on terror detainees as well as a separate review ordered by former agency director Leon Panetta.

  • House GOP pursues Benghazi 'stand down' probe

    A House Republican chairman is doggedly pursuing the question of whether military personnel were told to "stand down" during the 2012 deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, despite the insistence of military leaders and other Republicans that it never happened.

  • Former Defense Secretary Panetta gets Truman Award

    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been named recipient of the 2014 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor award.

  • ** FILE ** Former Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta. (Associated Press)

    Leon Panetta: Military readiness ‘badly damaged’ by sequester

    Remember sequester cuts? In all the brouhaha on Capitol Hill about the fate of Obamacare, the fate of the budget and continuing resolutions and the fate of government’s day-to-day operations, the fallout from mandated cost-cuts has fallen under the radar – but former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta raised the specter on Sunday.

  • ** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during his last news conference as defense secretary at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    Leon Panetta lands book deal for personal memoir

    Former Defense Secretary and Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta scored a book deal to write a personal account of his public and private life, his publisher, Penguin Press, announced on Thursday.

  • ** FILE ** In this March 7, 2013, photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed March 8, 2013, by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, with military officials, gets a ride on a boat on his way to a military unit on Jangjae Islet, located in the southernmost part of the southwestern sector of North Korea's border with South Korea. (Associated Press/KCNA via KNS)

    Be 'very concerned' as North Korea restarts nuclear facilities: ex-Pentagon boss

    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued some words of caution for the United States, advising that North Korea's bullish attitude was something to watch, not dismiss.

  • ** FILE ** In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during his last news conference as defense secretary at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    Pentagon hits reports about U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reportedly told his German counterpart that the United States would leave between 8,000 and 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when combat missions have ended. But Mr. Panetta is disputing that account of his meeting with the defense minister, Thomas de Maiziere, according to a report by The Associated Press.

  • **FILE** A Libyan civilian watches one of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades' cars burn, after hundreds of civilians, military and police raided the Brigades base in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. (Associated Press)

    Obama made no phone calls on night of Benghazi attack, White House says

    President Obama made no phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday.

  • Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    White House previously denied handing Benghazi response off to Panetta

    Before Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed that President Obama never talked to him the rest of the night about the response to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi after first learning about it the afternoon of Sept. 11, the White House had tried to dodge questions on whether Mr. Obama handed the issue off to Mr. Panetta to handle.

  • ** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon on Jan. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Military salaries to plummet under Panetta budget plan

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's plan to address budget cuts and fiscal uncertainties may bring about pay cuts to military members.

  • Panetta: U.S.-British working to free hostages

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the U.S. is working with the British and Algerian governments to assess what's happening on the ground at a natural gas complex in the Sahara where Islamic militants are holding hostages from at least 10 countries.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta waves goodbye as he departs Rome en route to Vincenza, Italy on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Panetta defends Obama's gun control package

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta fired off a strong defense of gun control legislation Thursday, in front of a decidedly skeptical audience.

  • Pope Benedict XVI greets U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta after the pontiff's weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Pentagon chief Panetta meets Pope Benedict

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the leader of the world's largest military, met Pope Benedict XVI, the world's best known advocate for peace, at the Vatican on Wednesday.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta meets with troops at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, before boarding his plane and heading back to Washington. The Pentagon says it will send Patriot air defense missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

    Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey

    The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday.

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