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Army Strong

When defense secretary Leon Panetta announced Jan. 24 that women would be permitted to serve in combat, he was simply making official what has been the reality...

Betting on the Come

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared Wednesday that “our strategy is right, our strategy is working, and if we stick to it, we can achieve the mission of...

Calling a Spade Probably a Spade

…Probably? Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, speaking to the Association of Defense Communities Monday in his hometown of Monterey, Calif. (“I deeply appreciate...

Ten Things to Know About the Coming Defense Cuts

If you haven't been paying attention, this is where we stand on the Pentagon budget battle: 1. The Pentagon has already agreed to cut $450 billion over the...

Overseas Turf War Between the CIA and DNI Won't Die

Can anyone end the dispute between the nation's intelligence chiefs? The National Security Council tried and failed; National Security Adviser Jim Jones tried...

Morning Must Reads

In the news: drones, Saturday mail, Bloomberg's British empire, GOP's upper hand on sequestration, unfortunate tweets

New Dawn for Marines’ F-35B

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will announce Friday afternoon that the Marines’ F-35B fighter is being taken off “probation” and production will continue. It has...

Countdown to Sequestration: One Month to Go!

OK. If you want to get picky about it, this is the same headline we ran two months ago here. But some things have changed since that original headline went up...

Obama Won’t Release Photo of bin Laden’s Body

President Obama has told CBS News that he’s decided against making public a graphic image of Osama bin Laden’s corpse. The news comes amid rampant speculation...

Graphically Panetta

The heck with boring official oilpainting portraits of defense secretaries…Leon Panetta is blazing a new path by appearing in a graphic novel...

Reported Shortcomings

Last week, the Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee were upset to learn that the Pentagon had imposed a 10-page limit on most reports to Congress...

A New “Afar” Medal: What Does It Mean?

What does it mean when the nation creates a new medal for deskbound warriors for distinguished service in war -- when they are not at any risk themselves? …and...

General John Allen Salutes…His Wife

Marine General John Allen – caught up and cleared in the email scandal that brought down CIA director David Petraeus – told President Obama on Tuesday he would...

The Country Whose Name Dare Not Be Spoken

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to the sailors of the carrier USS John C. Stennis on Wednesday in Bremerton, Wash. He lauded their their service, but warned...

Defense Discipline: Good; Trigger Cuts: Bad

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mullen can hardly be expected to step up to the mike and say they can live with $800-900...