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    1. December 3, 2014

      Obama’s Pentagon favourite will lack the autonomy he needs

      Occasionally top jobs go to the best qualified people. Ashton Carter’s likely nomination to replace Chuck Hagel as...

    2. November 7, 2014

      The shifts in US national security policy since 9/11

      Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, by Leon Panetta with Jim Newton, Penguin Press, RRP£25/$36, 512...

    1. October 9, 2014

      Obama’s Syria choices go from bad to worse

      Barack Obama is too much the lawyer and too little the leader. Leon Panetta, the former US defence secretary, has a...

    2. October 7, 2014

      Obama the victim as officials rush into print before sell-by date

      Writing kiss-and-tell memoirs is as old as the US republic. But few presidents have had to suffer as much from them...

    3. April 11, 2014

      White House pressed to release report into CIA torture programme

      The White House is facing intense pressure to release a secret congressional report into the CIA’s torture programme...

    4. February 28, 2013

      Kerry hints at US help for Syria rebels

      The US is looking for new ways to help the Syrian opposition, secretary of state John Kerry said on Wednesday, as...

    5. February 24, 2013

      Middle East set to dominate Kerry tour

      John Kerry billed his first overseas trip this week as US secretary of state as a “listening tour”, but his hosts will...

    6. February 20, 2013

      800,000 Pentagon staff face unpaid leave

      The “vast majority” of the Pentagon’s civilian personnel will be put on temporary unpaid leave if automatic spending...

    7. February 10, 2013

      Panetta exposes Obama’s Syria dilemma

      Over the course of four decades in politics, Leon Panetta has enjoyed the model Washington career. He has been a...

    8. February 8, 2013

      Panetta reveals US divisions over Syria

      Divisions within the Obama administration over how to respond to the civil war in Syria spilled into the open on...

    9. February 7, 2013

      Brennan defends drone attacks

      John Brennan, the Obama administration’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, gave a vigorous defence of...

    10. February 6, 2013

      US budget cuts hit aircraft carriers

      The US will reduce from two to one the number of aircraft carriers it operates in the Gulf, the most significant impact...

    11. February 3, 2013

      Democrats target corporate tax breaks

      Senate Democrats want to slash corporate tax breaks in search of new revenue, as an alternative to $1.2tn in impending...

    12. January 29, 2013

      Cyber saboteurs stalk the oil industry

      The oil industry is facing a new menace: cyber attacks. Last year Saudi Aramco, a leading oil and gas producer, was hit...

    13. January 27, 2013

      Republicans back off from Lew battle

      Jack Lew’s appointment as America’s next Treasury secretary appears to be on track, with Senate Republicans shying away...

    14. January 23, 2013

      US to allow women in combat units

      The US military will allow women to serve in combat units, potentially opening up more than 200,000 jobs for women in...

    15. January 23, 2013

      Pentagon clears Allen in Petraeus scandal

      The Pentagon has cleared of wrongdoing General John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan who became embroiled in the...

    16. January 20, 2013

      Cameron leads warnings on jihadi threat

      Many western leaders have expressed concern about the possible resurgence of jihadism in north Africa following the...

    17. January 11, 2013

      Obama and Karzai agree early handover

      By Geoff Dyer in Washington The US and international forces in Afghanistan will hand over responsibility for security...

    18. January 8, 2013

      Obama defies opposition to security team

      Barack Obama has announced his new national security team, tapping loyalists to oversee the continuing pursuit of...

    19. January 6, 2013

      Hagel nomination expected this week

      US President Barack Obama is poised to nominate Chuck Hagel as secretary of defence, setting the stage for a tough...

    20. January 6, 2013

      New Pentagon chief to face budget pressure

      Chuck Hagel, who is poised to be nominated to take over from Leon Panetta as the US secretary of defence, will face the...

    21. December 31, 2012

      Obama says US budget deal ‘within sight’

      A budget deal to avoid tipping the US economy over the fiscal cliff was “within sight” but not yet done, President...

    22. December 27, 2012

      Pentagon candidacy tests veteran Hagel

      Chuck Hagel earned two Purple Hearts in Vietnam and took on George W. Bush over the Iraq war, but the retired...

    23. December 21, 2012

      Are we prepared for a cyber storm?

      This Christmas, New York is in Sandy Recovery mode. With the holiday season approaching, the race has been on to get...

    24. The World

      December 20, 2012

      Chuck Hagel, Israel and Obama

      Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel in Jordan in 2008. (Salah Malkawi/Getty) The shadow boxing over the potential nomination...

    25. December 20, 2012

      Hagel defence nomination faces struggle

      The potential nomination of Chuck Hagel as US secretary of defence faces resistance from pro-Israel groups because of...

    26. December 2, 2012

      Former US spy chief warns on cybersecurity

      A former US intelligence chief says the west has had its “9/11 warning” on cybersecurity and warns that unless urgent...

    27. November 16, 2012

      Petraeus appears before Congress

      David Petraeus, the former US Central Intelligence director, told Congress that he believed from the beginning that the...

    28. November 15, 2012

      White House gives few clues on cabinet

      Such is the mood in Washington after Barack Obama’s re-election that when Deval Patrick was invited to dinner at the...

    29. November 15, 2012

      Obama ‘withholds judgment’ on Petraeus

      The role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the downfall of David Petraeus is likely to come under even closer...

    30. November 15, 2012

      Obama labels threats over Rice ‘outrageous’

      Barack Obama has strongly defended Susan Rice, the UN ambassador, calling “outrageous” a threat by two Republican...

    31. November 14, 2012

      US general demoted for extravagance

      PERTH, November 14 – In more bad news about US generals, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who is in Australia for talks,...

    32. November 7, 2012

      Foreign policy team faces shake-up

      President Barack Obama will immediately face some delicate decisions about his most important national security...

    33. October 25, 2012

      Benghazi attack suspect killed in Egypt

      A man suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on the US consulate in eastern Libya was killed following a ferocious...

    34. October 15, 2012

      Variant of Middle East spy virus found

      A variant of the cyber espionage viruses that have infected targets across the Middle East has been discovered, raising...

    35. October 12, 2012

      Panetta warns US of ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’

      US defence secretary Leon Panetta warned on Thursday the US could face a “cyber Pearl Harbor” and that foreign hackers...

    36. October 7, 2012

      Syrian shelling leaves Erdogan with dilemma

      Turkey and Syria exchanged cross-border fire for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, adding to tensions that have...

    37. September 19, 2012

      Xi Jinping hits out over Japan dispute

      Xi Jinping, China’s leader-in-waiting, weighed into the country’s dispute with Japan over a group of islands in the...

    38. September 18, 2012

      Kabul bomb attack leaves 12 dead

      KABUL, September 18 – A suicide attack on a minibus in the Afghan capital killed 12 people on Tuesday, including seven...

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