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In this June 1 file photo, President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church. Walking behind Trump, at right, is Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Leon Panetta: ‘Put our intelligence people on highest alert’ amid White House outbreak


The vice-commandant of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Charles Ray, learned that he is infected with the coronavirus. Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley is now in quarantine as a result. The consequences for national security could be staggering, says a former secretary of defense.

Shrinking of Military Unprecedented, says Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox

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How do you lead a government agency that’s been under intense scrutiny?


The assumption is all countries spy on each other, but only one country has an eavesdropping nuclear weapon

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Snowden’s ‘Black Budget’ leak sheds light on growth of U.S. intelligence service

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Panetta Aims to Cut Billions from Pentagon Budget

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is expected to announce plans this week to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the Pentagon’s budget. The cuts, precipitated by both the United States’ fiscal situation and a deal passed to raise the debt ceiling last summer, will shrink the military so it will no longer be able […]

Two Congressmen on the National Defense Authorization Bill

Yesterday, the White House announced that it would not veto the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Congressmen Hank Johnson and Tim Griffin join the Takeaway to discuss to the bill.

Drastic Cuts Could Reshape US Military

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is considering drastic cuts in military spending, including slashing retirement benefits and a round of base closings. Panetta has been ordered to cut more than $450 billion of the Pentagon budget over the next decade and  has been under  intense political pressure  to make the cuts. The yearly defense budget has  doubled  since the 9/11 […]

Pentagon Budget Cuts Will Have ‘Dire Consequences’

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Military leaders have warned Congress on Wednesday that steeper cuts in defense spending will gut the armed forces and sap US global influence.

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Gates to Hand Defense Post Over to Panetta

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Tomorrow, the Obama administration will shuffle its top civilian military position when Leon Panetta, 73, replaces Robert Gates as the secretary of defense. David Sanger joins us for more.