ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will serve as a keynote speaker for the 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting scheduled from April 26 to 29 in Scottsdale, Ariz., the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced.
“The world remains tremendously complex, and one can only imagine the global dynamics that will be at the top of the news in April 2014. Whatever the headlines, Secretary Panetta is one of the select few who has the first-hand experience to deliver meaningful insights to NACDS Annual Meeting attendees on issues of national security,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.
Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense under President Obama, during which time he oversaw the final removal of American troops from Iraq as well as the beginning of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.
Prior to leading the Department of Defense, Panetta served as director of the CIA from 2009 to 2011, and most notably was responsible for overseeing the operation that resulted in the capture of Osama bin Laden. Panetta also served as chief of staff to President Clinton and as director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also represented California’s 16th (now17th) Congressional District from 1977 to 1993, serving as U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman for four years.
An advocate for public service, Panetta also co-directed with this wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy based at California State University. The nonpartisan and not-for-profit center seeks to instill in young men and women the virtues and values of public service.