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  • **FILE** Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican (Associated Press)

    Congressman: Medal of Honor system broken

    A Marine combat veteran who now serves on the House Armed Services Committee said Monday that in at least two recent cases, the system for evaluating Medal of Honor nominations has gone awry, and he blamed bureaucratic infighting for keeping one of the men from a fair appraisal.


  • Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak (left) and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta meet Aug. 1, 2012, in Tel Aviv. Israel's threats to attack Iran and the violence convulsing Syria top the agenda of Panetta's meetings Wednesday with Israeli government leaders. (Associated Press)

    Panetta asks Israel for patience on Iran

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, standing next to the U.S. defense chief, said Wednesday without qualification that international economic sanctions have had no effect on Iran's nuclear program and suggested Israeli patience was wearing thin, a statement that amounted to an indictment of President Barack Obama's policy toward the Islamic republic.


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

    Panetta heads to Mideast; Syria high on the agenda

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta began a five-day Mideast trip Sunday to consult with the new Islamist leaders of Tunisia and Egypt and to meet with long-standing allies Israel and Jordan.


  • Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks June 22, 2012, about suicide prevention at the annual Suicide Prevention Conference held by the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Panetta urges greater emphasis on mental health

    In confronting a surge of suicides within the military, commanding officers must make it understood that seeking help for the stresses of war should be seen as a sign of strength rather than as a sign of weakness, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday.


  • Panetta says no unauthorized info to filmmakers

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says no unauthorized information was provided to filmmakers producing a movie on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, center right, speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, second right, and the head of NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen, center left, upon his arrival at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan Thursday, June 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

    Panetta: Patience with Pakistan 'reaching limits'

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday pressured Pakistan to do more to root out the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani terrorist network from its territory, saying that U.S. officials are "reaching the limits of our patience."


  • Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves from a vehicle to cheering Karen refugees as she tours Mae La refugee camp in Tha Song Yang district, Tak province, northern Thailand, Saturday, June 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

    Panetta open to military relations with Myanmar

    The U.S. is open to improving military ties with Myanmar if the country continues to enact political and human rights reforms, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta told Asian leaders Saturday.


  • Illustration: Global warming by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Panetta's next war

    America has a fresh national-security threat, an enemy is every bit as elusive as al Qaeda: global warming. That's according to Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, who has declared war on climate change. This is a fight America can't afford.


  • ** FILE ** In this April 25, 2012, file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks at Brazil's Superior War College in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

    U.S. looks to South America for security partners

    In these days of shrinking defense budgets, the U.S. is looking to its southern neighbors to help monitor and protect the Asia Pacific region in the years ahead.


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