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February 27, 2013

Defense and Security
Leon Panetta’s Legacy

On August 4, 2011, six weeks into his tenure as secretary of defense, Leon Panetta gave his first press briefing at the Pentagon. After briefly commenting on the impressive civilian and military lead…

Panetta Goodbye

October 17, 2014

Conflict Prevention
What Leon Panetta’s Memoir Says About Drone Strikes

Leon Panetta, Worthy Fights (New York, NY: Penguin Press, 2014), pp. 388-391. But the singular preoccupation with drones distracts from the larger context of the struggle we are waging. Yes, the Uni…

Panetta Book

February 4, 2013

Defense and Security
Leon Panetta Reflects on U.S. Drone Strikes

In a series of farewell interviews over the past three days, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made some interesting observations about drone strikes. As the director of the Central Intelligence Agen…

Panetta

December 3, 2011

Iran
Panetta’s Dangerous Mistake

Secretary of Defense Panetta addressed the Saban Forum, the annual meeting of Israeli and American journalists, officials, and former officials, on Friday evening. What he said is no mystery; why he …

October 5, 2011

Israel
Panetta and Israel

U.S. Secretary of Defence Panetta speaks during a joint news conference with Israel's Defence Minister Barak in Tel Aviv (Courtesy REUTERS/Jack Guez/Pool). En route to the Middle East this week…

Panetta and Israel

June 8, 2012

Asia
Elizabeth Leader: Trip by Panetta Affirms Shifting U.S. Stance

Elizabeth Leader is a research associate for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.  The visit of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to Southeast Asia last week reaffirmed the Obama adm…

U.S. defense secretary Leon Panetta sits next to USNS Richard E. Byrd chief mate Fred Cullen as they take a water taxi to the ship in Cam Ranh Bay

April 29, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: What Do the Panetta and Petraeus Nominations Say About Obama?

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Washington’s worst kept secret is now out. President Obama has …

U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L) and CIA director Leon Panetta (R). (Staff photographer/courtesy Reuters)

January 15, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Time for Panetta to Visit Paris

Foreign Policy reports that Secretary of Defense Panetta is in Europe: "The SecDef is wheels up from Lisbon this morning, headed for a day-stop in Madrid and then staying overnight in Rome. In Madrid…

August 1, 2012

Iran
Biden, Panetta, Obama on Iran

Last May, Vice President Biden took an extremely hard line on Iran.  "We will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon by whatever means we need," he said. This week Secretary of Defense Panetta…

December 20, 2011

Iran
Mr. Panetta’s New Hard Line

What does Secretary of Defense Panetta think about the Iranian nuclear weapons program? A couple of weeks ago he moaned to a Brookings audience about the risks any military strike would bring, and cl…