Leon Panetta

3:11am

Sun February 3, 2013
National Security

Panetta: 'My Mission Has Always Been To Keep The Country Safe'

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 1:49 pm

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives in London on Jan. 17. Panetta is stepping down as defense secretary as soon as the Senate confirms his successor.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

For more than 40 years, Leon Panetta has split his life on two coasts: his home in California and his work in Washington, D.C. It's a career that included 16 years in Congress, stints as White House chief of staff for President Clinton, and as the head of the CIA and the Pentagon under President Obama.

As Panetta prepares to leave his job as defense secretary, he sat down with Rachel Martin, host of Weekend Edition Sunday, to talk about his years in Washington and serving in the Obama administration.

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1:30pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Panetta Lifts Ban On Women In Combat Roles

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 6:04 am

In a May 9, 2012 photo, Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries a litter of sandbags during the Expert Field Medical Badge training at Fort Campbell, Ky. Female soldiers are moving into new jobs in once all-male units as the U.S. Army breaks down formal barriers in recognition of what's already happened in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kristin M. Hall AP

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has decided to lift a ban that prohibited women from serving in combat, a congressional source tells NPR's Tom Bowman. The move opens up thousands of front-line positions.

Panetta is expected to announce the decision along with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday.

Citing "senior defense officials," the AP adds:

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2:57pm

Wed January 16, 2013
NPR Story

Algeria Hostage-Taking Could Be Retaliation For France's Actions In Mali

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 5:16 am

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Algerian Islamists attacked an oil and gas field at dawn this morning in the desert on the border with Libya. They claim to have taken nearly 200 people hostage. In addition to Algerians, they claim to hold seven Americans, as well as French, British and Japanese citizens.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley in Paris reports the hostage-taking appears to be the first act of retaliation for France's actions in Mali.

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2:39pm

Thu November 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Panetta Orders Review Of Military Ethical Standards

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks during a press conference following meetings as part of AUSMIN at the State Reception Centre in Kings Park in Perth, Australia.
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered a review of military ethical standards. The order comes just days after CIA Director David Petraeus stepped down because of an extramarital affair.

The Washington Post reports, however, that Panetta was in the process of ordering this review despite the Petraeus scandal. The Post adds:

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5:47am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Panetta: Don't Leap To Conclusions About Gen. Allen

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:24 pm

Then-Army Gen. David Petraeus (left) and Marine Corps Gen. John Allen in August, 2011.
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"No one should leap to any conclusions" about whether the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan did anything inappropriate when he was communicating with a Tampa socialite, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters today.

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