PARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 27: Recruit Miranda Limon of Fort Worth, Texas responds to a comment from her drill instructor during hand-to-hand combat training in boot camp February 27, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Female enlisted Marines have gone through recruit training at the base since 1949. About 11 percent of female recruits who arrive at the boot camp fail to complete the training, which can be physically and mentally demanding. On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, which had been in place since 1994, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.
It would be a shameful act of irresponsibility if Congress just stood to the side and let [the] sequester take place ... It would turn America from a first-rate power into a second-rate power.
You can't just willy-nilly send F-16s there and blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place
Another thing that was very interesting in the testimony today was that some on the committee kept bringing up that, you know, Gen. Dempsey (chairman of the Joint Chiefs) said it would take 20 hours before they could get a fixed-wing fire aircraft over Libya ... Leon Panetta (then secretary of defense) was quoted as saying it would be 12-14 hours and you’re sitting there and thinking, ‘let’s see, it’s about an hour, hour-and-a-half flight across the Med from Italy where we’ve got a major Air Force base and just a few months after we’ve had military operations flying planes regularly over Libya.More quotes »
Panetta, NATO partner, differ on troop numbers
-- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his NATO counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose Friday between the U.S. and German defense officials over whether that contingent would be an international Read more »
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Gun control topic of Panetta lecture
-- James Johnson, chief of police for Maryland's Baltimore County will join the third event of the Leon Panetta 2013 Lecture Series on Monday in Monterey. The lecture, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Monterey Conference Center Steinbeck Forum, is called "Gun 3:57 PM from Santa Cruz Sentinel Read more »
Emanuel Quinn and Panetta Mark Memorial Day With Parade And Wreath Laying
(CBS) — Mayor Emanuel, Governor Quinn, and the former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta led the way as Chicago marked Memorial Day with a parade down State Street. WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports that beforehand they participated in a wreath laying ceremony in Daley 2:07 PM from Albequerque Express Read more »
Is 'cyber war' just a scare tactic?
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talks to the media after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Oct. 10, 2012. ATLANTA, Ga. — A growing legion of cyber war hawks contends that the world faces a mounting threat of hacker-driven from The Oakland Press Read more »
Jack Kelly: Democrats fail to hold Obama accountable
pilots. But on 9/11/2012, Americans at our consulate in Benghazi were left behind. It may well be true, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claimed, that military help couldn't be sent because it was unavailable. But if that is true, somebody screwed the pooch, from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Read more »
7 Badass Military Women From Film and Television
has been a big year for women in the military: in January, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the 1994 rule that barred female soldiers from front-line positions. In one fell swoop, the military enacted the largest expansion of women in ground combat from The Jane Dough Read more »