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Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (left) and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak to the press at the Pentagon outside Washington on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (left) and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak to the press at the Pentagon outside Washington on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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