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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, walks with Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi before their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

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President Barack Obama, followed by, from second from left, Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Vice President Joe Biden, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, walks to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, to announce that Petraeus would replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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**FILE** A person in favor of repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy holds a sign Dec. 2 behind Defense Secretary Robert Gates (left) on Capitol Hill during a Senate Armed Services Committee's policy hearing. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, take their seats on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen, Defense Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Defense Department general counsel Jeh Johnson, Gen. Carter Ham, commander of the United States Army Europe and co-chairman of the Comprehensive Review Working Group, take their seats on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, left, accompanied by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Defense Department general counsel Jeh Johnson, and Gen. Carter Ham, commander of the United States Army Europe and co-chairman of the Comprehensive Review Working Group, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, speak to reporters on gays in the military, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, speak to reporters on gays in the military, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, speak to reporters on gays in the military, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Joints Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, speak to reporters on gays in the military, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Pentagon military and civilian staff members listen as Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, speak to reporters on gays in the military, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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A report of a Pentagon survey on the issues associated with a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is seen on a table,at the Pentagon, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, after Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen spoke to reporters on gays in the military. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks during a joint press conference at Malaysia's Ministry of Defense in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. Gates is in Malaysia on an official visit.

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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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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and Vietnam's Minister of Defense General Phung Quang Thanh stand together during the United States National Anthem during a Guards of Honor ceremony at the Vietnam Ministry of Defense in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, meets with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in a meeting room at the Prime Minister's office in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, center left, meets with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, center right, in a meeting room at the Prime Minister's office in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, second from left, is escorted to his motorcade after meeting with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, not seen, at the Prime Minister's office in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)