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Adm. Mike Mullen, vice chairman of the accountability review board for the Benghazi investigation, said he thought a Hillary Rodham Clinton aide "would be a weak witness." (Associated Press)

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Holding a banner that says "Down with America," Pakistani protesters burn a representation of the U.S. flag and an effigy of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen during an anti-American rally in Multan on Thursday. U.S. pressure on Pakistan to attack Afghan militants on its soil will not succeed, the prime minister said in response to Adm. Mullen's assertions that the army's spy agency is supporting insurgents. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (left) looks on as Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, before the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen confer while briefing the news media Tuesday on the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Mr. Panetta said repealing the ban on openly gay military service was a "historic day." (Associated Press)

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Adm. Mike Mullen (left), Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stand during the playing of the national anthem at the Pentagon in Arlington on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Adm. Mike Mullen (left), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta; and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stand during the national anthem at the 10th anniversary ceremony of the Sept. 11 attacks at the Pentagon outside Washington on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right), Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, participate in a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at the Pentagon to honor victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Adm. Mike Mullen (left), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stands with (from second from left) U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus; Holly Petraeus (partially hidden), the general's wife; and 2nd Lt. Stephen Petraeus, Gen. and Mrs. Petraeus' son, during an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony for the general on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Adm. Mike Mullen (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned against further spending cuts for the military beyond the $350 million to $400 million already agreed by Congress and President Obama this week. “I think anything beyond that would damage our national defense," Mr. Panetta said.

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"It is clear that Tehran seeks a weak Iraq and an Iraq more dependent upon and more beholden to a Persian worldview," Adm. Mike Mullen said. (Associated Press)

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Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says Sunday during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, that the top U.S. commander in the war-weary country has been ordered to submit a plan by mid-October for the initial withdrawal of American troops. (Associated Press)

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China's Gen. Chen Bingde (right) and Adm. Mike Mullen, who is on a four-day visit to China, disagree on the propriety of American naval exercises with its allies on the South China Sea. (Associated Press)

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President Obama (center) and Adm. Mike Mullen (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sit with outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates during a tribute to Mr. Gates on June 30, 2011, at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS "Three Cups of Tea" co-author Greg Mortenson (left) shows the locations of future village schools to Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School, 60 miles north of Kabul in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, in July, 2009.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses a news conference with Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, on May 27, 2011. (Associated Press)

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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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Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Adm. Mullen described the military campaign in Libya of the United States and its European allies as "limited" and said it "isn't about seeing [Col. Moammar Gadhafi] go." (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman)

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates listens as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen speaks Tuesday at the Pentagon about the Libya turmoil. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, talks with Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, as they testified before the House Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)