Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) talks with Army Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson during a visit to Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) talks with Army Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson during a visit to Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)