Panetta, Hagel having dinner tonight

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s chosen successor to run the Pentagon, are scheduled to have dinner together tonight, a senior defense official tells the E-Ring. Panetta recently said he would cook his famous gnocchi for North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, if they ever met, and get to understand the new ruler. No ...

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Benjamin Norman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Benjamin Norman/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel, President Obama's chosen successor to run the Pentagon, are scheduled to have dinner together tonight, a senior defense official tells the E-Ring.

Panetta recently said he would cook his famous gnocchi for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un, if they ever met, and get to understand the new ruler. No word yet what he'll offer Hagel, nor where they'll dine.

"Panetta is up to his old CIA ways.  It's a clandestine location," said the official.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s chosen successor to run the Pentagon, are scheduled to have dinner together tonight, a senior defense official tells the E-Ring.

Panetta recently said he would cook his famous gnocchi for North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, if they ever met, and get to understand the new ruler. No word yet what he’ll offer Hagel, nor where they’ll dine.

"Panetta is up to his old CIA ways.  It’s a clandestine location," said the official.

Kevin Baron is a national security reporter for Foreign Policy, covering defense and military issues in Washington. He is also vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. Baron previously was a national security staff writer for National Journal, covering the "business of war." Prior to that, Baron worked in the resident daily Pentagon press corps as a reporter/photographer for Stars and Stripes. For three years with Stripes, Baron covered the building and traveled overseas extensively with the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, covering official visits to Afghanistan and Iraq, the Middle East and Europe, China, Japan and South Korea, in more than a dozen countries. From 2004 to 2009, Baron was the Boston Globe Washington bureau's investigative projects reporter, covering defense, international affairs, lobbying and other issues. Before that, he muckraked at the Center for Public Integrity. Baron has reported on assignment from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He was won two Polk Awards, among other honors. He has a B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond and M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University. Originally from Orlando, Fla., Baron has lived in the Washington area since 1998 and currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, three sons, and the family dog, The Edge. Twitter: @FPBaron

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