Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

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Defense Secretary To Lift Ban on Women in Combat

On Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce his decision to end the ban that prevents women from serving in military combat roles.


Leon Panetta and other US and UK officials are still deciphering "sketchy" information trickling back from the deadly Algerian terrorist attack. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Panetta: Much Remains ‘Sketchy’ About Algerian Terrorist Assault

The U.S. and British defense chiefs said Saturday the hostage crisis in Algeria ended with more deaths, but that details remained unclear. They blamed the militants who seized the natural gas complex in the Sahara, and not Algeria’s government for its rescue operation.


Suicides continue to increase in the military, as they outnumber combat-related deaths in Afghanistan. (Photo by John Cantlie/Getty Images)

US Soldier Suicides Outnumber Combat Deaths In 2012

American soldier suicides continue to outnumber combat-related deaths in 2012, and the trajectory for soldier suicides continues to get worse.


Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta participates during a news briefing on Oct. 25, 2012 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Panetta: Critics ‘Monday Morning Quarterbacking’ White House Handling Of Libya Attack

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls the criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the Libya terror attack “Monday morning quarterbacking.”


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Taliban Vows Revenge Against ‘American Savages’ Behind Deadly Afghan Shooting

President Obama and Defense Secretary Panetta both called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to express their condolences after an American soldier in Afghanistan wandered off base and allegedly gunned down 16 villagers.