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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, revies Guards of Honor with Vietnam's Minister of Defense General Phung Quang Thanh at the Vietnam Ministry of Defense in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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A member of Vietnam's military is seen in silhouette as he stands watch at left as Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks at Vietnam National University in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, center right, and Vietnam's Minister of Defense General Phung Quang Thanh, center left, review Guards of Honor 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, and China's Minister of Defense Liang Guanglie, right sit down for a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and Vietnam's Minister of Defense General Phung Quang Thanh hold a press conference at the Vietnam Ministry of Defense in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates participates in a meeting with Vietnam's Minister of Defense General Phung Quang Thanh, not seen, at the Vietnam Ministry of Defense in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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In this Monday March 8, 2010 file picture, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, speaks with Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal during a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool, File)

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U.S President Barack Obama flanked by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates hosts a Cabinet Meeting as Secretary Of Defense Robert Gates looks on in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on September 15 2010. UPI/Olivier Douliery/Pool

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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 participates in an award ceremony for a group of soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, at combat outpost Senjaray outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, right, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, is greeted by top NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus as he arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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A South Korean sailor in the honor guard holds an U.S. flag as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates lay a wreath at the Korean War Memorial, Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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In this June 22. 2010, file photo, Defense Secretary Robert Gates looks on as President Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Mr. Gates says he plans to leave his job next year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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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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In this photo provided by the Boy Scouts of America, Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks during the opening Arena Show at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Wednesday July 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark A. Duncan, Boy Scouts of America)

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In this photo provided by the Boy Scouts of America, Defense Secretary Robert Gates waves after his speech opening the arena show at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. (AP Photo/HO, Daniel Giles, Boy Scouts of America)

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, right, shakes hands with Defense Secretary Robert Gates before their meeting at the Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, July 22, 2010. The United States announced Thursday it will resume cooperation with Indonesia's feared special forces after ties were severed more than a decade ago over human rights abuses committed by the commando unit. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)