Defense Secretary Leon Panetta smiles as he speaks to the 173rd Airborne Brigate Combat Team at U.S. Army Garrison in Vicenza, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Panetta is in Italy as par

 

              Defense Secretary Leon Panetta smiles as he speaks to the 173rd Airborne Brigate Combat Team at U.S. Army Garrison in Vicenza, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Panetta is in Italy as par
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta smiles as he speaks to the 173rd Airborne Brigate Combat Team at U.S. Army Garrison in Vicenza, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Panetta is in Italy as part of a weeklong swing across Europe, meeting with defense ministers to talk about ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Mali. This is expected to be Panetta's last overseas trip as Pentagon chief, as he long has planned to step down once his replacement is confirmed. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)