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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confer on Capitol Hill in Washington before testifying before Congress on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confer on Capitol Hill in Washington before testifying before Congress on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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