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Bravo, the dog who knows the Pentagon's secrets

Bravo, the dog who knows the Pentagon's secretsWashington, Feb 23: Bravo, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's faithful golden retriever, knows every nook and cranny of the Pentagon and has accompanied his master at countless high-level meetings.

Though not as well known as the first family's Portuguese water dog, Bo, Bravo has been privy to the country's most sensitive military secrets.


Pentagon to create new medals to recognize soldiers operating drones, cyber attacks

Leon-PanettaSydney, Feb 14 : US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has announced the Pentagon would create new medals to recognize the battlefield contributions of American soldiers, who launch the drone strikes and direct the cyber attacks that can kill or disable an enemy, without even setting foot in the combat zone The new medal will be the first combat-related award to be created in the US since the Bronze Star in 1944, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.


Panetta says drones to be ‘continuing tool’ of U.S. defense

Leon-PanettaWashington, Jan 22 : Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said armed and unmanned drones will be a feature of US counter-terrorism efforts abroad for years to come.

In an interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz on Capitol Hill, just after President Barack Obama was sworn in to a second term, Panetta said that the reality is its going to be a continuing tool of national defense in the future.

In his speech, Obama spoke of an end to America's military campaigns abroad.

Alluding to the completed U. S. withdrawal from Iraq and the drawdown of U. S. troops in Afghanistan, Obama declared that a decade of war was now ending.


Afghan transition a 'sign of steady progress': Panetta

Afghan transition a 'sign of steady progress': PanettaWashington, Jan 1 - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has described the security transition process in Afghanistan as a "sign of steady progress".

"It is another sign of steady progress that the government of Afghanistan has announced the fourth tranche of the transition process," Xinhua quoted Panetta as saying in a statement Monday.


US Defense Secretary: Cyberspace is the battlefield of future

US Defense Secretary: Cyberspace is the battlefield of futureIn the wake of the increasing threat of warfare in cyberspace, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a Friday speech that cyberspace has become the battlefield of the future; and pointed to the fact that cyber-criminals have already launched attacks on banks and other financial institutions in recent past, and are developing the capability of hitting US power grids and government systems.


Situation in Pakistan likely to remain volatile: Panetta

 Situation in Pakistan likely to remain volatile: Panetta Washington, Oct 12 : US Secretary for Defense Leon Panetta has said that the situation in Pakistan is likely to remain volatile.

Addressing an audience at an event titled ‘Defense Priorities: Today and Tomorrow’, organised by the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Panetta also said that diplomatic efforts needed to continue to work with Pakistan.


''Miffed'' Pak says Panetta''s accusatory remarks ''not in line'' with US-Pak cooperation

 ''Miffed'' Pak says Panetta''s accusatory remarks ''not in line'' with US-Pak cooperation Islamabad, Sept 16 : Sharply reacting to US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta''s warning that America is ‘going to do everything it can to defend US forces’ in the wake of this week''s Kabul attack, Pakistan has said that his remarks are not in line with the counter terrorism cooperation between both nations.


Terror attacks on US forces by Pak-based militants won’t be allowed to go on: Panetta

Terror attacks on US forces by Pak-based militants won’t be allowed to go on: PanettaWashington, Sept 15: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that his country will not allow attacks on US forces by Pakistan-based militants, such as the Haqqani network, to go on.

Referring to this week's 20-hour militant assault against the US Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul, Panetta said it is unacceptable that the Haqqanis are able to launch such deadly attacks in Afghanistan and then flee to sanctuaries across the border in Pakistan.


CIA Director doubtful about Taliban-Afghanistan reconciliation

CIA Director doubtful about Taliban-Afghanistan reconciliationDoubts has been expressed by CIA Director Leon Panetta whether the Taliban or other insurgent groups will give up their al-Qaida allegiance to reconcile with Afghan's government.

Panetta said on Sunday on ABC's "This Week", "We have seen no evidence that they are truly interested in reconciliation, where they would surrender their arms, where they would denounce al-Qaida, where they would really try to become part of that society."


US doesn’t know location of all Pak nukes, says CIA chief

US doesn’t know location of all Pak nukes, says CIA chiefLos Angeles, May 19 : CIA Director Leon Panetta has said the United States does not know the location of all of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, but is confident the country has them secure.

Panetta spoke days after the top US military officer told Congress that there is evidence of Pakistan adding to its nuclear weapons systems and warheads.

The CIA director was asked about Pakistan's nuclear program at a forum organized by the Pacific Council on International Policy, The News reported.


CIA''s Panetta visited Israel to stop it from bombing Iranian nuclear plant

CIA''s Panetta visited Israel to stop it from bombing Iranian nuclear plantJerusalem, May 15 : Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief Leon Panetta was sent on a secret mission to Israel to warn its leaders not to launch a surprise attack on Iran without notifying Washington.

As Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, prepares to visit Washington, it emerged yesterday that Panetta, went to Israel two weeks ago to seek assurances from Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak that their hawkish new Government would not attack Iran without alerting Washington.


Worried Pak to discuss US covert war extension plans with CIA chief

Worried Pak to discuss US covert war extension plans with CIA chiefIslamabad, Mar. 20 : A worried Pakistan has decided to raise the issue of a possible extension of the US covert war to Baluchistan with the CIA chief Leon Panetta during his visit to the country.

Panetta would be arriving here on a two day visit on Friday.

"Pakistani authorities will raise this issue with the CIA chief when he arrives here and he will be cautioned that drone attacks on Balochistan could be catastrophic for the country's stability," The Nation quoted a top Pakistani official, as saying.


CIA director Leon Panetta meets Indian officials

CIA director Leon Panetta meets Indian officials New Delhi - United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Leon Panetta held talks with Indian Home Minister P Chdiambaram Thursday on various issues including terrorism and the situation in neighbouring Pakistan, officials and news reports said.

Panetta is on his first overseas visit since being appointed head of the CIA by US President Barack Obama.

He is scheduled to leave for Pakistan later in the day.

Indian and US diplomatic officials described Panetta's meeting with the home minister as a courtesy call.


Panetta promises "independent" intelligence as CIA director

Panetta promises "independent" intelligence as CIA directorWashington  - Leon Panetta pledged that US intelligence assessments will be independent of political influence after he was sworn in Thursday as head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Panetta, a former US congressman, said it was crucial that the CIA provide "honest" reviews of the security threats facing the United States, in an implicit swipe at former president George W Bush's handling of intelligence during his eight years in office.


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