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Senate Appropriators Grill SecDef About Cyber, Pakistan, And, Yes, Sequestration

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Apologizing to Pakistan, the economic impact of sequestration, and the possibility of a cyber-war “Pearl Harbor” dominated today’s hearing of the defense panel of the all-powerful Senate Appropriations committee. Sen. Dianne Feinstein — who also chairs the intelligence committee — asks Defense Secretary Leon Panetta why we couldn’t just apologize to Pakistan for… Keep reading →

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Long Odds Loom For Law Of The Sea In Senate

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: At 10 o’clock today, the Administration’s push to pass the Law of the Sea treaty will come before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. If history is any guide, that’s as far as it will ever get. Committee chairman Sen. John Kerry declined to give odds on ratification, saying that would be “premature”: “I just… Keep reading →

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Panetta Orders Air Force to Act on F-22 Safety Woes

Posted by Otto Kreisher on


PENTAGON: Unhappy with the Air Force’s handling of the long-simmering problems with the oxygen system on the most expensive fighter plane in history, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered restrictions on F-22 flights and told the Air Force to speed up its efforts to prevent Raptor pilots from experiencing life-threatening hypoxia in flight. It certainly looks… Keep reading →

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Panetta To House GOP: Quit Fattening The Defense Budget

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: House Republicans will probably be seething after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta scolded them today for adding several billion dollars money to the defense budget. “If we’re prevented from retiring aging ships and aircraft that no longer fit strategic requirements, then Congress would be forcing us to look elsewhere for savings,” Panetta said at a… Keep reading →

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Panetta Announces Gen. Mark Welsh, Presumptive Air Force Chief of Staff

Posted by Colin Clark on


It’s official: Gen. Mark Welsh will be nominated as the next Air Force Chief of Staff. SecDef Panetta made announcement at press conference @colinclarkaol

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Panetta, Dempsey Stage Unusual Joint Appeal For Law Of The Sea

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON [updated at 3:10 pm with comment from Heritage Foundation’s Steven Groves] : The Defense Department made a big push to break three decades of stalemate on the Law of the Sea, with Secretary Leon Panetta and Chief of Joint Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey staging a rare joint appearance today to urge the Senate to… Keep reading →

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SecDef Panetta & CJCS Dempsey Will Push For ‘Law Of The Sea’ Ratification

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Panetta & Dempsey to push "Law of the Sea" ratification tomorrow @ACUS (http://bit.ly/K8Nl7O) — pros & cons of LOS @ http://bit.ly/IHWF2v SydneyFreedberg

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Cut American Troops Or Afghans? Governors Want Guard Jobs

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: State governors are complaining to Congress about Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s offer to give the Air National Guard two dozen C-130 aircraft and add back almost 1,200 jobs, saying it isn’t enough. The president’s budget originally proposed cutting 5,100 Air Guard jobs; last week, Panetta offered to restore 1,179 (by the governors’ count) and… Keep reading →

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Next Air Force Chief Likely To Be Former CIA Military Deputy; ‘Absolute Best Pick’

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The likely pick for next Air Force Chief of Staff possesses acquisition experience and would bring a vibrant leader and strong communicator to head the nation’s air and space force. Gen. Mark Welsh, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, served under both Mike Hayden and Leon Panetta at CIA as the man responsible… Keep reading →

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SecDef Panetta To Visit USS Peleliu

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More budget juice for Marines as SecDef Panetta visits Camp Pendleton, Calif. on March 30. He’ll take hovercraft to visit USS Peleliu. colinclarkaol

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