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Panetta orders ethics training review for officers

Citing a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has asked the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review ethics training and to brainstorm on ways to steer officers away from trouble. The move is a reflection of the depth of concern triggered by a series of misconduct cases in a military that prides itself on integrity and honor but has suffered an unusual number of stumbles after a decade of war.

Tags: DoD , David Petraeus , ethics training , John Allen , Wiliam "Kip" Ward

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 02:35pm EST

General investigated for emails to Petraeus friend

The Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen (pictured), is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair.

Tags: DoD , CIA , David Petraeus , John Allen , Senate Armed Services Committee , Congress , FBI

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 01:05am EST

DoD personnel chief taking medical leave of absence

The Defense Department's personnel chief Erin Conaton is taking a medical leave of absence, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement Wednesday. Panetta designated Jessica Wright, the assistant secretary of defense for Reserve Affairs, to act as the acting principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness in Conaton's absence.

Tags: people , DoD , Erin Conaton , Jack Moore , George Little

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 04:38pm EDT

Dempsey: Africa Command change not tied to Libya

The top U.S. military officer is denying reports that Army Gen. Carter Ham's planned departure as head of U.S. Africa Command is linked to the Sept. 11 attack in Libya.

Tags: Carter Ham , Martin Dempsey , Joint Chiefs of Staff , Army , DoD , David Rodriguez

Monday - 10/29/2012, 12:56pm EDT

Draft order would give companies cyberthreat info

The White House issued a seven-page executive order Saturday directing U.S. spy agencies to share intelligence about cyberthreats with companies operating electric grids, water plants, railroads and other vital industries. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the military was prepared to retaliate if the U.S. is attacked by cyberweapons.

Tags: Cybersecurity , executive order , DHS , NSA

Saturday - 10/20/2012, 03:37am EDT

DoD, CFPB to educate service members against rising debt

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the financial health of service members is important for troop readiness. A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau details potential problems service members are facing.

Tags: DoD , management , workforce , Holly Petraeus , Consumer Financial Protection Bureau , student loans , Servicemembers Civil Relief Act , Training , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/19/2012, 05:47am EDT

Panetta: New Africa Command leader to be nominated

Gen. David Rodriguez, currently head of U.S. Army Forces Command, would be the third Army general to head Africa Command, which was created in 2007.

Tags: David Rodriguez , DoD , al-Qaida

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 04:30pm EDT

Panetta warns DoD will respond to destructive cyber attacks

The Defense Secretary told a group of business leaders Thursday night the nation's critical infrastructure is vulnerable to online assaults that would take down systems and networks. Panetta said DoD is acting aggressively to get ahead of the problem through workforce training and through technology capabilities.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , DoD , Business Executives for National Security , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/12/2012, 05:39am EDT
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