Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta discussed issues facing the Defense Department at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) on Tuesday. He talked about counter terrorism, sequestration and the "fiscal cliff," the situation in the Middle East and the war in Afghanistan.
After his remarks, he answered questions from the audience.
Leon Panetta became Secretary of Defense in 2011 when the previous secretary, Robert Gates, retired. He previously served as Director of the CIA under President Obama.
Earlier in his career, Sec. Panetta served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton, giving him a unique perspective on this year's budget debate. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 until 1993, the last four years as Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, until he was tapped by President Clinton to lead the OMB