British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond speaks during a joint press conference with US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta in Lancaster House, central London, on January 19, 2013. Hammond said the hostage crisis in Algeria had been ended by the Algerian military with loss of life, which he blamed squarely on the Islamist kidnappers. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL
Former Secretary of Defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon Panetta discuss his new book, 'Worthy Fights,' during an event in the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University October 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. In the book, Panetta writes about his differences with President Barack Obama over military policies in Syria, Iraq and other conflicts.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (R) smiles as he is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham, (C), and Marine Gen. John R. Allen, (L), commander of International Security Assistance Force upon his arrival at Kabul International Airport on December 12, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Defense Secretary is expected to meet with troops to thank them for their service.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen (R) laugh during a briefing at the Pentagon briefing room September 20, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. The Pentagon has officially ended the 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy that has prevented gay people to serve in the military openly.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta holds a news conference at the end of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defense Ministers Meetings at NATO headquarters February 22, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. Panetta is attended meetings and holding bilateral meetings with other NATO defense officials.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jokes with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta after being presented the Department of Defense's highest award for public service at the Pentagon February 14, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Secretary Clinton recently retired from public service.
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta walks across the tarmac as he transfers planes from a C-17 military aircraft to his Boeing E4-B prior to departing from Don Mueang International Airport, en route to San Francisco, California on November 16, 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Panetta attended a meeting retreat of 10 southeast Asian defense ministers in Cambodia, as part of an Asian tour ahead of US President Barack Obama's impending visit to the region. .
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testifies before the House Committee on Armed Services on Capitol Hill on October 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on the future of national defense ten years after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies on the attack on U.S facilities in Benghazi, Libya before the Senate Armed Services Committee February 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Senators questioned Panetta and U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey about the September 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.