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Departed: Obama Cabinet members, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (left), former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (center) and former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (right) have publicly aired their grievances with the president. Mr. Panetta's new book, "Worthy Fights," criticizes Mr. Obama's policies. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with USPACOM Commander, Adm. Sam Locklear, on a visit to PACOM Headquarters at Camp Smith, Hi., May 31, 2012. (DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

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**FILE** Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with USPACOM Commander, Adm. Sam Locklear, on a visit to PACOM Headquarters at Camp Smith, Hi., May 31, 2012. (DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

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Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson of Huntingdon, Tenn., waits for Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to hand her the memorandum he has just signed ending the 1994 ban on women serving in combat on Jan. 24, 2013, during a news conference at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the Distinguished Warfare Medal is for service members who “are physically removed” from the fight and whose contributions “do not involve acts of valor of physical risk that combat entails.” (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon on Jan. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks Jan. 19, 2013, during a news conference in London. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey (right) testify Feb. 7, 2013, on Capitol Hill before the United States Committee on Armed Services to answer questions on the Department of Defense response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey (right) testify Feb. 7, 2013, on Capitol Hill before the United States Committee on Armed Services to answer questions on the Department of Defense response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey, right, arrive to testify in front of the United States Committee on Armed Services on Capitol Hill to answer questions on the Department of Defense response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, Washington, D.C., Thursday, February 7, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Sen. Mark Udall (left), Colorado Democrat, talks with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta before Mr. Panetta testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrive to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (center) and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrive to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A chart with the time line of the Benghazi attacks can be seen next to Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (right) and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (left), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as they testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on the Defense Department's response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)