As he leaves, Panetta says sequester is biggest concern
February 3rd, 2013
09:52 AM ET
1 year ago

As he leaves, Panetta says sequester is biggest concern

(CNN) – Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday his "biggest concern" right now is the uncertainty over budget issues on Capitol Hill.

"If the sequester is allowed to go into effect, I think it could seriously impact on the readiness in the United States," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And that's a serious issue."
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Leon Panetta • Martin Dempsey • TV-State of the Union
February 3rd, 2013
09:35 AM ET
1 year ago

Panetta defends his possible successor

(CNN) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended Sunday former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, on CNN's "State of the Union." Hagel faced tough questioning at Senate confirmation hearings last week.

The top military officials also weighed in on the 2014 drawdown in Afghanistan, saying the troop withdrawal will largely depend on the strength of the country’s security forces.
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February 3rd, 2013
09:23 AM ET
1 year ago

Panetta on U.S. response to Benghazi attack: ‘This is not 9-1-1’

(CNN) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday that lack of intelligence information and logistical challenges made it difficult to respond quickly to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year.

Panetta said the administration had no warning about the attack, despite requests for more security from U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in the weeks leading up to the violence.
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