“Jennifer Palmieri, a former longtime aide, said Mr. Panetta has a straightforward formula for survival in Washington. She has packaged them into what she calls The Five Rules of Panetta:
¶“You can’t slam dunk anyone.” Work with opponents.
¶“Any [expletive] can burn down a barn; it takes a leader to build one.”
¶“He who controls the paper controls the outcome.”
¶“Never let them see you sweat.”
¶“In a negotiation, take what you can get. And then come back for more.”
Those negotiating skills will prove critical as he guides another president on federal spending while jousting with other security agencies, including his former agency, the C.I.A., over a shrinking pie. “He’ll be particularly well suited to take on the budget challenges at the Pentagon,” Mrs. Clinton said.”