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  • ** 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.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, shakes hands with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, right, during their joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

    Karzai says he'll meet with Obama in Washington

    President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he will meet President Barack Obama in Washington next month to discuss a postwar U.S. role in his country, whose fragile security was highlighted hours earlier by a suicide bombing that killed one U.S. troop and two Afghan civilians.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, smiles as he is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham, center, and Marine Gen. John R. Allen, left, commander of International Security Assistance Force, upon arriving at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

    Panetta in Afghanistan to meet with Karzai

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday for an unannounced visit to consult with top commanders and President Hamid Karzai.


  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reviews an honor guard during an arrival ceremony prior to meeting with Thai Minister of Defense Sukampol Suwannathat at the Ministry of Defense in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

    Panetta orders ethics training review for officers

    Citing a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has asked the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review ethics training and to brainstorm on ways to steer officers away from trouble.


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