Monday, April 2, 2012
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited the USS Peleliu off the coast of Camp Pendleton Friday, not just to talk with the Marines and Sailors - although he did do that, both at Camp Pendleton and aboard the Peleliu.
No, the reason Panetta came out to our neck of the woods was to make a point about the future direction of the United States military. And he said the USS Peleliu was the perfect place to do so.
“So we’re facing a lot of threats that we have to confront if we want to keep America safe and if we want to give our children a better life.”
He explained to his audience that the force of the future has to be smaller and leaner - but agile, flexible, and technologically advanced. He said the USS Peleliu represents those very qualities, and that's why he wanted to visit the amphibious assault ship.
Take a look at this Pentagon Channel report on Panetta's visit: