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  • **FILE** Michele Flournoy was under secretary of defense for policy. (AP Photo)

    Pentagon 
insiders 
preferred 
another 
over Hagel

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  • Inside the Ring: Panetta’s future

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  • Former defense official urges Congress to avoid defense cuts

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  • **FILE** Then Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy testifies on March 16, 2011, on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    Pentagon prepares for new military talks with Iraq

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  • The Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag undergoes its second round of sea trials in the Yellow Sea. Michele Flournoy, the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy, says it has been "anticipated for a while." (Digital Globe)

    Inside the Ring

    At the recent U.S.-Chinese defense talks in Beijing, the subject of the Pentagon's new Air Sea Battle Concept, a program to counter China's growing anti-access and area denial weapons, was not discussed.

  • **FILE** Michele Flournoy was under secretary of defense for policy. (AP Photo)

    Pentagon: No firm evidence of Pakistani complicity

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  • U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, testifies Tuesday on Capitol Hill before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press)

    Petraeus: Enough progess made for Afghanistan withdrawal

    The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan told Congress Tuesday that his forces had made enough progress to justify starting a three-year withdrawal in July. But testimony from other officials made it clear that, even after 2014, U.S. troops will be in the country on an "enduring" basis.

  • **FILE** Michele Flournoy was under secretary of defense for policy. (AP Photo)

    U.S. military aid to India could irk Pakistan

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