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Panetta Has Work Cut out at Pentagon

Soon-to-be Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has his work cut out for him. While current Secretary Robert M. Gates, who retires at the end of the week, has earned accolades for making a dent in many of the important issues facing the Defense Department, others remain. Gates said recently that when …

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Gates as Pentagon Change Agent: Low-key, but Crucial

When Robert M. Gates was named defense secretary at the end of 2006, the former CIA chief was thrust into the midst of the debate about sending more troops to quell the insurgency in Iraq. Now, after serving longer in his Pentagon post than all but four of his predecessors …

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Panetta, Pentagon Prepare for Old Switcharoo

Following the unanimous vote in the Senate yesterday to approve CIA Director Leon Panetta as the next defense secretary, the Pentagon is preparing for the top transition as Robert Gates retires at the end of the month. DoD has launched a transition team headed by Marcel Lettre, principal deputy assistant …

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Senate Armed Services OKs $6B Defense Cut

The Senate Armed Services Committee has given its go-ahead to cut $6 billion from the Defense Department’s 2012 budget, according to a report in Defense News. The chairman of the panel, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), called the cut a “down payment” on the a plan the White House introduced in …

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