Leon Panetta


Women in Combat: A Mother's View

Thursday, January 24, 2013

“Women are getting stronger. Their will is stronger. They want that challenge the same as some men,” said Dineen Snyder, mother of Sgt. Devin Snyder, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

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US Sends Forces to Jordan as Check on Syria

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The United States has sent troops to Jordan to bolster its military capabilities in the event Syria's civil war escalates, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, reflecting U.S. concerns about the conflict spilling over allies' borders and about the security of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.


Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Transit has an $80 billion repair backlog, Seamus "loved" the car roof, NASCAR goes electric, and one super commuter's bill? $800K

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top stories on TN:

NYC 2013 Mayoral Race Begins as Stringer Backs Tax for Transit (link)

Ray LaHood drinks the BRT Kool Aid (link)

Why California Gas Prices Are So High (link)






Aging transit has an $80 billion repair backlog ( AP via Boston.Com) TN's earlier reporting on this here.

City cores are growing (The TransportPolitic)

Portland, ME, gets "bike taxis" (Kennebec Journal)

Discovery flies out of Florida for the last time (WMFE)

Obama abandoned a 2008 campaign pledge to tax oil companies (Politico)

While it pays to work in oil & gas industry (KUHF)

Ford builds all-electric car as NASCAR pace car (USA Today)

This super-commuter's bill?  $800K--and that's just from July (Washington Post)

And: Ann Romney: Seamus "loved" the car roof (Politico)


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The Takeaway

Panetta Visits Troops, Commanders in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will meet with troops in Afghanistan today, during a visit that come days after a U.S. soldier allegedly went on a shooting spree in Kandahar that killed 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children and three women. In the trip that has been planned for months, Panetta is not scheduled to go to the district in Kandahar where the killings occurred. The Defense Secretary has stated that Sunday's shootings will not change the administration’s exit strategy from Afghanistan.


The Takeaway

The Thinning 'Red Lines': Could the US Attack Iran?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta complicated U.S.-Israeli relations by calling the potential consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities "a confrontation and a conflict that we would regret." The remark resulted in a formal diplomatic protest lodged by Israel's ambassador to the U.S. The Obama administration has since assured the Israelis of the existence of so-called "red lines" — in essence, the White House acknowledges that certain actions undertaken by Iran could trigger U.S. military action against it.

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The Takeaway

Drastic Cuts Could Reshape US Military

Monday, November 07, 2011

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is considering drastic cuts in military spending, including slashing retirement benefits and a round of base closings. Panetta has been ordered to cut more than $450 billion of the Pentagon budget over the next decade and has been under intense political pressure to make the cuts. The yearly defense budget has doubled since the 9/11 attacks. Panetta said it is possible to reshape the military in order to reduce the budget while still defending national interests.

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Defense Secretary Panetta Visits Ground Zero

Tuesday, September 06, 2011


Defense Secretary Leon Panetta traveled to New York City to visit the National September 11 Memorial Park and museum on Tuesday. The visit starts a series of events mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.


The Takeaway

Two Weeks in the Job, Panetta Changes Tone at Pentagon

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Leon Panetta began his term as defense secretary on July 1, 2011. In the less than two weeks since, he's already visited Iraq and Afghanistan and set a new tone — and agenda — for the Pentagon. Though he was friendly with his predecessor, Robert Gates, Panetta has not been shy about publicly changing the goals for America's two wars. 


The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Afghanistan, Debt, Republicans

Monday, June 27, 2011

Robert Gates will step down as Secretary of Defense this week, with Leon Panetta taking over. Panetta will have a lot on his plate, starting with the start of U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan later this week. Noel King, managing producer for The Takeaway, looks at what obstacles are in store for Panetta as he begins his reign as Defense Secretary. 

President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders to try and come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling, or face going into default. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at the economic effects this on-going debate could have if a conclusion is not reached soon. 


The Takeaway

Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Back in News at Panetta Confirmation Hearing

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Since the shooting death of Osama bin Laden, the news has been dominated by stories of the former al-Qaida leader; but, the country’s foreign policy priorities do not end with the discover of his Abbottabad compound. By the time that Leon Panetta takes the stand for his Senate confirmation hearing, politicians on the Left and the Right will be clamoring for their chance have their foreign policy issues back in the limelight. To preview some of the issues we that will make their way back into the news we speak with David Sanger, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times.


Transportation Nation

GOP: Energy Votes to Proceed Amid Obama's Big Moment

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

$4-a-gallon gas in Soho (photo by Kate Hinds)

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The killing of Osama bin Laden has changed a lot in the world. But it won't change GOP plans to take aim at the president and his energy policy later this week.

That's because House leaders plan to go ahead with a series of votes designed to place blame on President Obama for high gas prices.

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The Takeaway

National Security Team: Are the Lines Blurred Between Soldiers and Spies?

Friday, April 29, 2011

President Obama announced a reshuffling of his national security team yesterday, appointing CIA director Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense, and General David Petraeus as head of the CIA. Are these appointments a sign that there is a blurred line between the country's soldiers and spies? Loch Johnson, regents professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia and 28-year-CIA veteran, speaks with us. 


The Takeaway

President Obama Shuffles National Security Team

Thursday, April 28, 2011

President Obama is expected to announce this week new appointments for top posts in his national security team. Leon Panetta, the current director of central intelligence, will be named as defense secretary. General David Petraeus, who is currently the top commander in Afghanistan, is expected to be named as director of the CIA. These announcements come as Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans on stepping down from his post this summer. We talk with Mark Landler, reporter for our partner The New York Times, to help preview Obama's new national security team.


The Takeaway

Obama to Name CIA Director Panetta as Defense Secretary

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Associated Press reports this morning that President Obama will name current CIA director Leon Panetta as the replacement for Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He'd also make General David Patreaeus Panetta's replacement at the CIA. The changes are expected to take effect this summer, after a Senate confirmation. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times speaks with us about this news.