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Leon Panetta

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Latest 18 Jul 2021 | Updated Daily

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June 25, 2021: Leon Panetta

The Pat Thurston Show Podcast

Former Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, and White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta joins the show.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


25 Jun 2021

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Flashpoints: A Conversation with Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

The Burn Bag Podcast

In this special episode of The Burn Bag Podcast, we speak to former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (2011-2013) about a range of national security 'flashpoints' that stand to affect the United States and the Biden Administration in the coming years. Secretary Panetta, who oversaw the Bin Laden Raid as CIA Director, reacts to President Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, while also discussing a potentially new Iran Nuclear Deal. The Secretary also discusses his view on the threats facing NATO and why President Biden needs to draw 'clear lines' when dealing with Putin's Russia. We revisit Secretary Panetta's service in the Obama Administration in contextualizing the current state of Chinese assertion in the Indo-Pacific, and Secretary Panetta recounts his meeting with Xi Jinping almost a decade ago. Secretary Panetta uses that story to outline how the United States needs to engage multilaterally while also bolstering its military capabilities to meet the challenge of China. Secretary Panetta also discusses the emergent, if not current, threat posed by cyber-warfare, and how the U.S. military needs to adapt to meet the dangers posed by the newest domain of warfare. We close out the conversation with a brief discussion on the defense budget -- a topic Secretary Panetta is intimately familiar with, not only because of his time as Secretary of Defense, but also due to his former position as Director of the OMB and as Chairman of the House Budget Committee.Secretary Panetta co-founded the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and is the author of Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, his New York Times best-selling auto-biography.


7 Jun 2021

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Defending Against Cyber Hacks with Former Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta

C-SPAN's The Weekly

Cyberattacks have impacted everything from the New York Transit system…to the ferry that operates on Martha's Vineyard, and they pose one of the largest threats in the 21st century. Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta joins the program to offer his insights into what the United States should be doing in order to protect itself now and in the future.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


4 Jun 2021

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NatSec Nightcap with Leon Panetta

NSI Live

Join us for a conversation with Secretary Panetta, who will share insight from his storied career in national security and intelligence, and cover topics such as Great Power Competition and global flashpoints, threats and opportunities presented by cyber space, and the importance of public service. Featuring:Secretary Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former Director of the CIAJamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director, National Security Institute See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

19 Mar 2021

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70: Inauguration Day w/ Leon Panetta & Walter Dellinger

Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt

In spite of the mayhem at the Capitol, the inauguration of Joe Biden and the transfer of power went smoothly, and James and Al are beginning to feel some optimism about the next four years...if the Democrats don’t screw it up!  Leon Panetta joins them to look at the domestic and international prospects for the new administration.  Then, Duke Law School’s legal mastermind Walter Dellinger comes on to look at the legal future for the Trump family and how the actions of the administration can be refuted and undone.   Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Leon Panetta Center For Strategic & International Studies The Panetta Institute For Public Policy Author of Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in Times of War and Peace   Walter Dellinger Twitter Firm: O’Melveny & Myers Duke Law Email your questions to James and Al at  POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: FUNDRISE  SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND INVESTORS HAVE BUILT A BETTER PORTFOLIO WITH PRIVATE REAL ESTATE. IT TAKES JUST A FEW MINUTES TO GET STARTED.  GO TO WWW.FUNDRISE.COM/WARROOM TODAY.  BLINKIST  GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM, THAT’S ALL ONE WORD, TO TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION.  WORD FOREST WORD FOREST IS OFFERING YOU 2500 COINS AND 500 GEMS WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD AND PLAY.  GO TO THE APPLE OR GOOGLE STORE AND SEARCH FOR WORD FOREST TO DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE TODAY.

1hr 39mins

21 Jan 2021

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Ep. 3 - Leon PANETTA

French Accent

Who will be the next US President and what impact for the Middle East? Leon Panetta, former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense, talks about the election, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, the Middle East and the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden while he was CIA Director.


30 Oct 2020

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Leon Panetta: 'Put our intelligence people on highest alert' amid White House outbreak

Global Security

US President Donald Trump's top military advisers, including the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, have gone into quarantine.They've taken this step after the vice-commandant of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Charles Ray, learned that he is infected with the coronavirus.Related: COVID-19 in the West Wing means instability amid fraught electionAdmiral Ray had been at the Pentagon last week for meetings with other military leaders.For more on the possible consequences, The World host Marco Werman spoke with Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense, director of the CIA and White House chief of staff.Marco Werman: Secretary Panetta, how significant is this news today?Leon Panetta: Well, it's of concern because first and foremost, anytime the president is ill or incapacitated, it raises national security implications. And now to have the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and other military leaders perhaps impacted, that raises concerns about the leadership at the Pentagon at a time of crisis.Given General Milley's rank, how will he stay on top of the US military around the globe? Does he have a full classified communications suite in his home?He certainly has a great deal of communication. More importantly, he does have a deputy who operates under him and usually will run the Joint Chiefs of Staff in his absence. So I'm sure there are individuals who can assume the roles of those that have been impacted. And that gives me some degree of confidence that the business of our defense in this country is going to continue to be protected.But the fact that it's happening, the fact that our leadership is being impacted, sends a signal to our adversaries that we are in a vulnerable state.The very idea that adversaries might try to take advantage of this moment — how much does that worry you?It worries me a lot. I think that's when you put our intelligence people on highest alert to make sure that they are watching our adversaries, make sure that they're looking for any indication that they may try to take advantage of it. This puts the biggest burden, very frankly, on our intelligence-gathering capacity.Related: COVID-19's spread in White House shows 'testing does not replace safety measures'President Trump, as we know, is unpredictable. There are reports that senior defense officials like Secretary Mark Esper and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Milley, reportedly have come up with their own strategies for working with him. What's wrong with that picture? And how should these battle-tested generals be dealing with their nominal boss who won't wear a mask?It's a crazy approach — that's for sure — to have problems with regard to whether or not the president is going to take precautions in dealing with his military and national security leadership. And the people in national security have to worry about whether or not they want to have any direct contact with the president of the United States. I think the most important thing that can happen now is for the president to take care of the COVID-19 that he has. Get well, become not contagious, and recover from what has happened. And in the interim, it's necessary for the president's chief of staff and the vice president to be able to make sure that they're conducting the activities that are important to our national security.Should we have confidence in our leadership to get this right?We absolutely have to be prepared to defend this country under any circumstances. And whether the president is incapacitated, whether the leadership of this country is being impacted by COVID-19, it is absolutely essential that the administration take steps to make sure that we have people in backup positions to ensure that we are protected. Look, we have we have the strongest military on the face of the earth.I'm not worried about our ability to respond to any kind of attack. But what I do worry about is that we become complacent at a time when everybody is concerned about COVID-19, when everybody's concerned about what is happening to others within a particular command — that we will become complacent and not pay enough attention to the potential threats that are out there.This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

6 Oct 2020

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Leon Panetta: A life of public service born in California

California Sun Podcast

Leon Panetta ascended to the highest of jobs in Washington, but he never lost sight of his California roots. The former congressman, Office of Management and Budget director, White House chief of staff, CIA director, and defense secretary reminisces about growing up in Monterey, building the Panetta Institute on the campus of Cal State Monterey, and a remarkable life journey.


15 Sep 2020

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Bonus: Sec. Leon Panetta and the Anniversary of 9/11

Burn the Boats

In this bonus episode of Burn the Boats, Sec. Leon Panetta talks about the ultimate tough decision: as Director of the CIA, Panetta oversaw the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, launching a raid into Pakistan based on uncertain intelligence. He talks about that decision, as well as the current presidential administration and the state of our political landscape.Secretary Leon Panetta is a lifelong public servant, having served in many different roles: US Congressman, Chief of Staff to President Clinton, director of the CIA, and the Secretary of Defense under President Obama. He now serves as Chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located at California State University - Monterey Bay and focused in part on bringing young people into public service. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


11 Sep 2020

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Leon Panetta What are the 5 Key Ingredients to the American Leadership We Need NOW?

What's America's Purpose?

What are the 5 Key Ingredients to the American Leadership We Need NOW? American Patriot and Statesman, Leon Panetta Description: Listen to the former Secretary of Defense and son of Italian immigrants tell his 50-year story of living the American dream by helping to get things done by, for and with American’s of all stripes.  From his surprising history starting out as a progressive Republican fighting for civil rights, to his run in with the Nixon White House and his pivot to become a Democratic Congressman, Clinton White House Chief of Staff and Obama CIA Director who tracked down Bin Laden, Leon Panetta tells the story of a time when leaders of both parties were rational and worked on big bipartisan civil rights laws and other efforts that benefited ALL Americans.  Hear what he thinks about President Trump’s leadership and the courage, honesty and trust we will need to rebuild sustainable prosperity at home and abroad for the rest of this century.  As he summed up in his book, Worthy Fights, Leon Panetta’s lifetime of fighting for America’s Purpose is a great example for ALL Americans. Enjoy!

1hr 3mins

4 Jul 2020