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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listens to questions from journalists during a news conference at Sao Juliao fortress, on the outskirts of Lisbon, in this January 15, 2013, file photo.

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Panetta notifies Congress of Pentagon civilian furloughs

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta formally notified Congress on Wednesday that the Pentagon plans to put civilian defense employees on unpaid leave this year if $46 billion in across-the-board budget cuts take effect on March 1.

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