Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta revealed name of Bin Laden raid's leader in speech

Then-CIA director Leon Panetta. Photo: AP

Several weeks after overseeing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, then-CIA director Leon Panetta revealed the name of the raid commander in a speech attended by the writer of the film Zero Dark Thirty, a draft report by Pentagon investigators says.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 1:50am

US needs to be transparent on its cyberwar rules

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. Photo: AFP

There has been much talk in US defence circles about the threat of cyberwarfare. That is understandable given that no country is as reliant on computers and, therefore, as vulnerable to attack. Rules on dealing with strikes will be approved soon, although they will be highly classified.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:19am 1 comment

Who said it?

Lin Zuluan

I should not have taken part in it

Wukan chief Lin Zuluan says he regrets joining last year's fight for rights because of his age and the battle's effect on his health


We should also have the ability to honour the extraordinary actions that make a true difference in combat operations

15 Feb 2013 - 4:12am

US unveils medal to honour troops in cyberattacks and drone strikes

A Predator drone is controlled from a console. Photo: NYT

The Pentagon unveiled a new medal to honour "extraordinary" troops who launch cyberattacks or drone strikes from their consoles, even if they do not risk their lives in combat.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:23am

Who said it?

Activist Koo Sze-yiu

I am very honoured to be jailed for the third time … When I am released, I will do this again

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am

China must stop threats in maritime disputes, says US defence chief Panetta

Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta at a speech in Washington urged his counterparts in Beijing to negotiate regional agreements. Photo: AFP

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday urged China to avoid confrontation and seek out a peaceful dialogue with Japan and other countries over territorial disputes.

The Pentagon chief said he has appealed to his counterparts in Beijing to negotiate regional agreements to defuse an array of disagreements over maritime territory.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US set to end ban on military women serving in ground combat units

The US Army and marines have long resisted putting women in combat units, arguing they lack the strength and agility to survive in the harshest conditions. Photo: NYT

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women serving in US ground combat units, removing one of the military's last major gender barriers and opening up more than 230,000 combat jobs to females, senior defence officials said.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:05am

US military chiefs warn Congress of ‘hollow’ force

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. Photo: AP

The top US military leaders warned Congress in unusually stark terms that its failure to pass a this year defence budget - coupled with the threat of automatic budget cuts - has pushed the Pentagon to the brink of a crisis.

17 Jan 2013 - 10:48am

Hagel draws fire as Obama’s Pentagon pick

US President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defence, former Senator Chuck Hagel. Photo: Xinhua

US President Barack Obama named Chuck Hagel on Monday to lead the Pentagon, setting up an ugly confirmation battle as Republican opponents said he was too hard on Israel and too soft on Iran.

8 Jan 2013 - 8:58pm

Obama set to nominate Hagel as defence secretary, Brennan as CIA chief

If nominated, former senator Chuck Hagel would face heavy opposition from fellow Republicans. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama was set to nominate Republican Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan as the new CIA director on Monday, a senior administration official said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Panetta to tout US shift to Asia at Asean defence talks

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta (left) reviews an honour guard during a ceremony prior to a meeting Thai counterpart Sukampol Suwannathat in Bangkok on Friday. Photo: AP

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will outline Washington’s strategic shift to the Pacific and a tentative rapprochement with Myanmar when he meets Friday with his Asian counterparts at a conference in Cambodia, officials said.

16 Nov 2012 - 12:09pm

US defence chief in Thailand to boost ties

US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta reviews an honour guard after arriving in Bangkok on Thursday. Photo: AP

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Thailand on Thursday as part of an Asian tour designed to beef up security ties across the region as a counterweight to China’s rise.

A possible reopening of US military contacts with neighbouring Myanmar for the first time since the 1980s is also expected to feature in Panetta’s talks in Bangkok.

15 Nov 2012 - 5:06pm

US or China? Clinton says Australia doesn't need to choose

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets workers at the Techport Australia shipbuilding facility near Adelaide in Australia on Thursday. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton assured Australians that they don’t have to choose between the United States, their most important security ally, and China, their primary trading partner, as she ended a visit to the important Pacific ally on Thursday.

15 Nov 2012 - 3:38pm

Four-star US general demoted for his lavish spending

General Ward

A four-star general who headed US Africa Command has been demoted amid charges he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on pricey travel, Pentagon officials said.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:57am

US says shift to Asia ‘real’ as Australia hosts talks

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (from left), US State Secretary Hillary Clinton, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith in Perth. Photo: AFP

The United States insisted on Tuesday that its much-touted shift to the Asia-Pacific region is for real as US and Australian officials met for annual strategic talks.

US Pentagon chief Leon Panetta told reporters before flying into Perth that the Americans were ready to follow through on a plan to pivot to the Pacific despite crises in the Middle East and fiscal strains at home.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am