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Panetta: US Military Force an Option Against Iran

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told Israel that “all options,” including military action, are on the table to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Speaking in Tel Aviv alongside his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak, Panetta reiterated U.S. policy. “It is my responsibility as secretary of defense to provide the president with a full […]

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Panetta Touts US-Israeli Defense Ties

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the United States and Israel are doing everything they can to have the “strongest defense” and protect both countries, as he opened a day of meetings with Israeli leaders. Panetta met Wednesday with his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv, and said the two countries have a “very […]

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Panetta in Israel, Denies Plans to Talk About Military Strike on Iran

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Israel, where he denies reports that he is there to talk about potential plans for a preemptive attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Panetta said Israeli media have wrongly characterized Wednesday’s upcoming talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. He said the discussions will be […]

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Panetta: Violence in Aleppo is Nail in Assad’s Coffin

Posted July 29th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls the Syrian military attack on the country’s largest city, Aleppo, a nail in President Bashar al-Assad’s coffin. Panetta said during a flight to Tunisia Sunday that what President Assad has been doing to the Syrian people makes it clear his regime has lost all legitimacy and is coming to […]

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Panetta Visits Vietnam

Posted June 3rd, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Sunday visited a major base used by American forces during the Vietnam War. Panetta is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the former U.S. air force and naval base at Cam Ranh Bay since the war ended in 1975. Officials said the defense secretary would visit an American naval cargo […]

Panetta Welcomes Brazil as World Power; Seeks Military Cooperation

Posted April 26th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is calling for closer military cooperation with Brazil, hailing the rising South American nation as a true global power. During remarks late Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Panetta stressed a U.S. offer to foster closer relations by selling Brazil’s air force a number of advanced Super Hornet fighter aircraft. The […]

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Japan Pledges to Begin US Base Relocation in Okinawa by Year-End

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa told his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, Tuesday that Japan will complete by the end of 2011 an environmental assessment on the planned transfer of a key U.S. military base in Okinawa to another location on the island. At a joint news conference in Tokyo, Panetta welcomed Ichikawa’s promise to submit […]

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US Defense Secretary Departs on Trip to Asia

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta left for Asia, where he aims to strengthen ties with allies of the United States. Panetta’s first stop is Indonesia, followed by Japan and South Korea, where bases form the core of the U.S. military presence in Southeast Asia. The defense secretary will meet with leaders and government officials. Several […]

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New US Defense Secretary Has Extensive Budget Background

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is a former Democratic congressman with a long history in the U.S. government and extensive budget experience. The chief of the Central Intelligence Agency until he was named to run the Pentagon, Panetta headed the White House budget office under President Bill Clinton and also served as chairman of the […]

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Highlights of Leon Panetta’s Career

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Leon Panetta’s career: — Director of the Central Intelligence Agency 2009 – 2011 — Founder, Panetta Institute for Public Policy 1997 — President Bill Clinton’s White House Chief of Staff 1994 – 1997 — Director of the Office of Management and Budget 1993 — Member of the U.S. House of Representatives 1977 – 1993 — […]

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