U.S. Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta arrives to give a press conference at the end of the North-Atlantic council meeting of Defence ministers at NATO headquarter in Brussels, on February 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO POOL CHIP SOMODEVILLA
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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.
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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. .
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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.
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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.
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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.
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President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (L) during an Armed Service farewell ceremony for Sec. Panetta at Joint Base Ft. Myer, on February 8, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) will replace Panetta as Defense Secretary.