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Leon Panetta

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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 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

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