Leon Panetta

Buck McKeon’s Top 5 Achievements

Advocate of ‘Peace Through Strength’ has fought sequester cuts, passed NDAAs

Rep. Buck McKeon announcing his retirementRep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R., Calif.) drew praise from colleagues on both sides of the aisle for his staunch support of the troops and national defense when announced his retirement last week.

Panetta Revealed Classified Info to Zero Dark Thirty Filmmaker

Internal review: CIA violated procedure in allowing filmmaker access to award ceremony

Leon Panetta leaked classified information to Zero Dark Thirty directorFormer CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed classified information at a 2011 awards ceremony attended by Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker Mark Boal, according to documents obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

The Path to Energy Independence

Panetta, Conway emphasize the importance of a U.S. that is less dependent on foreign energy

Business and political leaders agreed that U.S. energy independence was on the way, but differed over the form it would take during a conference Wednesday.

Benghazi Failure

Defense, military chiefs criticized for failure to respond to Benghazi attack

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey faced harsh Senate criticism on Thursday for failing to send rescue forces during the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012.

Obama Shot Down Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels

State Department, CIA, Pentagon sought to arm Syria rebels

Defense secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, disclosed on Thursday they supported a CIA plan to arm Syrian rebels that was rejected by President Barack Obama.

Obama’s War on the Troops

Panetta calls for soldier pay freeze one year after TRICARE cut proposal

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1 percent increase next year due to "budget uncertainties" related to sequestration.

Lowering Standards

‘Gender-neutral’ standards typically mean lower standards

The Department of Defense released a report in February 2012 raising significant concerns to Congress about integrating women into combat units, an issue receiving renewed attention given outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's recent announcement that women would be allowed in combat roles.