Leon Panetta

[Panetta, Leon E.] "[Press Release:] CIA Director Leon E. Panetta Announces Stronger Language Requirements for Promotion." 29 Jan. 2010. [Available at: https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/press-release-2010/index.html]

"Director Leon E. Panetta has announced a new policy that raises language requirements for promotion to the Agency's top ranks -- the Senior Intelligence Service.... Under the new policy, promotions to SIS for most analysts and operations officers will be contingent on demonstrating foreign language competency. If an officer is promoted to SIS and does not meet the foreign language requirement within one year, he or she will return to their previous, lower grade."


Panetta, Leon. "The CIA Is Proud To Be on the Front Lines against al-Qaeda." Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2010, A13. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"We have found no consolation ... in public commentary suggesting that those who gave their lives somehow brought it upon themselves because of 'poor tradecraft.' ... In a very different environment, against a very different enemy, our tradecraft is tailored to a battlefield. In the barren landscape outside Khost, Afghanistan, things such as 'safe' houses -- a staple of traditional espionage -- are not easily found."

[CIA/2010s/2010 & DCIAs/Panetta]

Panetta, Leon. "Congress and the CIA: Time to Move On." Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2009. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"I've become increasingly concerned that the focus on the past, especially in Congress, threatens to distract the CIA from its crucial core missions: intelligence collection, analysis and covert action.... It is worth remembering that the CIA implements presidential decisions; we do not make them. Yet my agency continues to pay a price for enduring disputes over policies that no longer exist.... The time has come for both Democrats and Republicans to take a deep breath and recognize the reality of what happened after Sept. 11, 2001.... The country was frightened, and political leaders were trying to respond as best they could. Judgments were made. Some of them were wrong. But that should not taint those public servants who did their duty pursuant to the legal guidance provided."

[CIA/00s/09 & DCIAs/Panetta; Oversight/00s]

Panetta, Leon E. "Message from the Director: Associate Director for Military Affairs." Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 15 Nov. 2010. [https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/press-release-2010/associate-director-for-military-affairs.html]

"Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on the Associate Director for Military Affairs": Announces the appointment of Air Force Lt. Gen. Kurt A. Cichowski to be CIA Associate Director for Military Affairs, effective 22 November 2010. He has been serving as Vice Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command. He succeeds Lt. Gen. (soon to be Gen.) Mark Welsh, who will be commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). See also, Jeff Stein, "CIA Picks AF General to Run Military Ops Office," Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2010.

[CIA/2010s/2010 & DCIAs/Panetta]

Panetta, Leon, with Jim Newton. Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace. New York: Penguin, 2014.

Ignatius, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2014, finds Panetta's memoir "very readable," with "frank descriptions of personalities and events." This work is "engaging" because it is "suffused with the personality of the man himself." As CIA Director, "Panetta was an inspired, if surprising, choice.... Panetta's CIA career reached its peak with the discovery and assassination of Osama bin Laden ... in May 2011." His "account of his 18 months as defense secretary is almost an anticlimax after the CIA chapters." For Mead, FA 94.1 (Jan.-Feb. 2015), this "candid memoir offers a useful window into recent U.S. history."

[CIA/DCIAs/Panetta & Memoirs]

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