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Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen. James Cartwright outlines the Defense Department's fiscal year 2010 budget request during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on April 6, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

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The Army has initiated a review of a former West Point chief of staff after the Pentagon's top investigator discovered that he implemented accounting activities that exposed the Army financial coffers to waste, fraud and abuse. (Associated Press)

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President Obama is seen here Sept. 11 with Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen (left) and Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at the Pentagon Memorial marking the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (Associated Press)

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This image made from a gun camera video released during a Pentagon Briefing in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, shows an explosion during a strike by U.S. forces on a surface to air missile site located inside Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Department of Defense, File)

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** FILE ** In a Tuesday, May 19, 2009, photo, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld attends a corridor dedication ceremony at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS GUNG-HO: Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Marine Corps reservist, is pleased that the Pentagon is building up a special task force to thwart deadly IEDs in Afghanistan.

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President Barack Obama, flanked by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, at the Pentagon Memorial, marking the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen hold a press briefing, Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, hold a press briefing, Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen hold a press briefing, Thursday, July 29, 2010, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will return to private life in April, according to speculation inside the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is trying to limit reporters' access to Pentagon officials, both military and civilian. (Associated Press)

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In this photo provided by the Department of Defense, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld stands next to his official portrait during the unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Va. Friday June 25, 2010. (AP Photo/DOD, Cherie Cullen)

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In this photo provided by the Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld walk to Mr. Rumsfeld's portrait unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Va. Friday June 25, 2010. (AP Photo/DOD, Cherie Cullen)

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In this photo provided by the Department of Defense, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld smiles as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, addresses the audience during Mr. Rumsfeld's portrait unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Va. Friday June 25, 2010. (AP Photo/DOD, Cherie Cullen)

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In this photo provided by the Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, addresses the audience while former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld looks on during Mr. Rumsfeld's portrait unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Va. Friday June 25, 2010. (AP Photo/DOD, Cherie Cullen)

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From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, Defense Robert Gates and Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 16, 2010, before the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the Defense Department's fiscal 2011 budget. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Lockheed Martin Corp. security personnel guard the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a workhorse aircraft for the Navy, Air Force and Marines, which received the funding President Obama requested, as well as $465 million for an alternate engine the Pentagon does not want. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (left) and Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, listen to national anthems at an Oct. 27, 2009, welcome ceremony at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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A protesters signals approval as other protesters representing Code Pink unfurl a banner on an overpass above the passing marchers near the Pentagon, Saturday, March 21, 2009. (Allison Shelley/The Washington Times)