WASHINGTON, July 1, 2011 - New Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta pledged there will be no hollow force on his watch and vowed to be a tireless advocate for service members and their families.
The secretary made the commitment in a message to the Defense Department released after he took the oath of office this morning. DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson administered the oath in the secretary’s office. Taking the oath transferred responsibility for the department from Robert M. Gates. Story
WASHINGTON, June 21, 2011 - The U.S. Senate voted unanimously this evening to confirm Leon E. Panetta as the next secretary of defense. Story