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Watch live: Panetta and Dempsey testify at Senate hearing on Benghazi

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the DOD’s response to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 7. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world…

Watch live: Panetta announces lifting of ban on women in combat

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announces the lifting of the military ban on women serving in combat. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Jan. 24. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Women to assume combat roles in U.S. military

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued an order on Wednesday removing the military’s ban on women in combat roles, according to The Associated Press. Panetta’s order overturns a 1994 rule barring women from combat roles in the military and directs military officials to begin crafting a plan to fully integrate…

Panetta says Israel ‘could strike’ Iran in spring

BRUSSELS — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a “strong likelihood” that Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear installations this spring, the Washington Post said Thursday in an editorial. When asked about the opinion piece by reporters travelling with him to a NATO meeting in Brussels, Panetta brushed it…

NATO discusses US plans to end Afghan combat mission

NATO allies discuss Thursday US plans to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2013 and shift to a training mission, as the alliance seeks to wind down a war that has dragged on for a decade. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta set out the goal as he arrived in Brussels…

In 2013, U.S. expects shift to training role in Afghanistan

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT — The United States hopes to shift its military role in Afghanistan from combat to training during the second half of 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Wednesday. But he said the US administration wanted to see all the NATO allies in Afghanistan —…

Panetta believes Pakistan knew where bin Laden was hiding

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta still believes someone in authority in Pakistan knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding before US forces went in to find him, he said in a TV interview to air Sunday. Intelligence reports found Pakistani military helicopters had passed over the compound in…

Pentagon identifies unit in US Marine abuse video

Top US officials strongly condemned a video that appears to show Marines urinating on dead insurgents in Afghanistan, while the Pentagon said it had identified the unit involved. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the behavior in the video was “utterly deplorable,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of…

U.S. to withdraw about 7,000 troops from Europe

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to withdraw about 7,000 US troops of the 81,000 troops based in Europe, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. In an interview with the Armed Forces Press Service, Panetta said two brigade combat teams, or roughly 7,000 US troops, would be withdrawn from Europe,…

U.S. has ‘some ideas’ who killed Iran scientist: Panetta

WASHINGTON — Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said Thursday that US officials had “some ideas” who was behind the assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran this week, but insisted the United States was not involved. During a meeting with soldiers at a Texas military base, Panetta said the United States…

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