It is widely expected that the award could be handed out and the public may never know about it because the actions envisioned in the types of cyber, intelligence or drone operations that might qualify for the honor would often be classified as top secret.
Associated Press writers Lolita Baldor and Donna Cassata contributed to this report.
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