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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (left) joins Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to tell lawmakers about the potential effects of the looming and “potentially tragic” cuts to the defense budget. (Associated Press)

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Two possible successors to Mr. Panetta if he does step down are former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy (top) and Undersecretary Ashton B. Carter. Both held positions in the Clinton administration, and both hold positions like Mr. Panetta’s.

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Two possible successors to Mr. Panetta if he does step down are former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy (top) and Undersecretary Ashton B. Carter. Both held positions in the Clinton administration, and both hold positions like Mr. Panetta’s.