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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

February 2013
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Panetta: 2014 Drawdown to
Begin After Afghan Elections

The United States will maintain more than 60,000 troops in Afghanistan through the spring and summer fighting season, cutting to 34,000 by February and staying at that strength through the Afghan elections set for 2014, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Brussels. Story

NATO, Partners Still Considering
Size of Post-2014 Force

NATO and partner nations are still considering the size of the force that will remain in Afghanistan once the International Security Assistance Force mission ends in December 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. Story

NATO Secretary General Pledges
New Afghan Mission Post-2014

NATO and its International Security Assistance Force partner nations remain resolute in their support for a sovereign, safe and secure Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Brussels. Story

Meetings Focus on NATO Readiness

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is in Brussels discussing NATO capabilities and readiness during two-day's of alliance defense ministers' meetings. Story

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About the Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Edward PanettaLeon Edward Panetta was sworn in as the 23rd defense secretary on July 1, 2011. In the course of his duties, the secretary will travel throughout the world visiting U.S. military forces in deployed locations and meeting with defense counterparts in allied and partner nations. Biography

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