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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Chuck Hagel appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 31, 2013. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Fellow Republicans Pound Secretary Of Defense Nominee Hagel At Confirmation Hearing

When former senator Chuck Hagel walked into the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday there were handshakes and even a hug, but the warm reception was short lived.

01/31/2013

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was to announce a major U.S. Military policy shift on Jan. 24, 2013, allowing women to be eligible for combat front lines and special operations units. (Photo: CBS 2)

Chairman Of Joint Chiefs: Lifting Combat Ban On Women Should Reduce Sex Attacks

An historic change for the U.S. Military is now official. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Thursday lifted the ban on women serving in combat

01/24/2013

Women Soldiers

U.S. Military: Women Now Eligible For Combat Front Lines

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s order will make women eligible to serve in the infantry on combat patrol, and even in elite special operation units like the Navy SEALs.

01/23/2013