Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Defense Secretary To Lift Ban on Women in CombatOn 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.
Panetta: Much Remains 'Sketchy' About Algerian Terrorist AssaultThe 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.
US Soldier Suicides Outnumber Combat Deaths In 2012American soldier suicides continue to outnumber combat-related deaths in 2012, and the trajectory for soldier suicides continues to get worse.
Panetta: Critics 'Monday Morning Quarterbacking' White House Handling Of Libya AttackDefense Secretary Leon Panetta calls the criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the Libya terror attack “Monday morning quarterbacking.”
Taliban Vows Revenge Against 'American Savages' Behind Deadly Afghan ShootingPresident 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.