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CONSULTANT: Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's top weapons buyer, earned money from the defense industry while teaching at Harvard. (Associated Press)

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Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, discusses a mine-resistant ambush-protected armored fighting vehicle at the Pentagon. President Obama wants to promote the weapons buyer, but Mr. Carter has done some consulting work for the defense industry. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, escorts Australian Minister of Defense Stephen Smith into the Pentagon, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, during an honor cordon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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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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PENTAGON REFORMER: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates “forced the system to change, and he made heads roll,” says Lexington Institute Director Loren B. Thompson. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen speaks during a media availability at the Pentagon on Thursday, June 16, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Associated Press CIA Director Leon E. Panetta is poised to move to the Pentagon following unanimous Senate approval Tuesday of his nomination to head the Defense Department. He begins his new job July 1.

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**FILE** Secretary of Defense Robert Gates listens to a question during a media availability at the Pentagon on June 16, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Law enforcement work near the Pentagon after a suspicious vehicle forced multiple road closures Friday, June 17, 2011 in Arlington, Va. One person was taken into custody early Friday morning in Arlington National Cemetery after it closed. "This is an unfolding situation," said U.S. Park Police. Police were investigating a suspicious package in the man's car parked in the bushes near the Pentagon's North Parking lot. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Law enforcement work near the Pentagon after a suspicious vehicle forced multiple road closures Friday, June 17, 2011 in Arlington, Va. In a situation that is still unfolding, officials say one man is in custody after they found his car, parked in the bushes near the Pentagon. The car contained material that appears to be ammonium nitrate, spent 9 mm shells and written materials stating "al Qaeda Taliban rules." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates pauses during an interview with the Associated Press in his office at the Pentagon on Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Sarah Palin, with her daughter Piper (center), answers a reporter's question at the beginning of the Rolling Thunder motorycycle ride at the Pentagon on Sunday. She smiled broadly when many in the crowd urged her to run for the presidency.

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (second from right), the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, gives a thumbs up from the back seat of a motorcycle at the beginning of Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon in suburban Washington on Sunday, May 29, 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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Pentagon employee Christy Heib wipes her eyes while sitting on a bench at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington on Monday. Ms. Heib says the Sept. 11 attacks are why she began a government career. (Barbara L. Salisbury / The Washington Times)

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Pending Senate confirmation, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta is expected to take the helm at the Pentagon by July. (AP Photo)

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U.S. Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, staff director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives an operational update on Libya at the Pentagon outside Washington on Sunday, March 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (right) talks with U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus upon the Pentagon chief's arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Defense Department/Cherie Cullen)

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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)