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** FILE ** Sen. Carl Levin (right), Michigan Democrat, and Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, confer before talking to the media about the Chinese government's failure to cooperate in an ongoing Senate Armed Services Committee investigation into counterfeit parts in the Department of Defense's supply chain, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is shown in a video released by the Department of Defense on Saturday, May 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Department of Defense)

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** FILE ** In this July 15, 2009, file photo released by Department of Defense, “Three Cups of Tea” co-author Greg Mortenson shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School 60 miles north of Kabul in Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Department of Defense, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

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Illustration: DOD social media by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talks about the Defense Department's proposed budget at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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FILE - In this June 25, 2010 file photo released by the Department of Defense, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld addresses the audience while Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates looks on during Rumsfeld's portrait unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon. Producers of "The Good Wife" said Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, they were writing an episode with a role for Rumsfeld, who was the defense secretary in George W. Bush and Gerald Ford's administrations. The drama has had public figures occasionally appear as themselves, including Vernon Jordan, Lou Dobbs and Joe Trippi. (AP Photo/DOD, Cherie Cullen, file)

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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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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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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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In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 file picture, President Barack Obama, right, salutes as a carry team walks with the transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind., who died in Afghanistan according to the Department of Defense, during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Defense Department shows Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. President Barack Obama will award Giunta with the first Medal of Honor to a living service member from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced Friday Sept. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Bumgardner, Defense Department)

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** FILE ** A U.S. Air Force C-123 flies low along a South Vietnamese highway as it sprays defoliants on dense jungle growth to eliminate ambush sites for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War in 1966. (AP Photo/Department of Defense, File)

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In a Wednesday, July 28, 2010 photo provided by the Department of Defense, Boy Scouts from across America march with flags for the playing of the national anthem during the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Ft. AP Hill, Va. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates addressed an audience of more than 45,000 who came to the 12,000 acre site for 10 days to celebrate the Boy Scouts' 100-year anniversary. (AP Photo/DOD, Cherie Cullen)

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In this Wednesday, July 28, 2010 photo provided by the Department of Defense, more than 45,000 Boy Scouts salute during the singing of the national anthem as part of the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Ft. AP Hill, Va. (AP Photo/DOD, Cherie Cullen)

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A photo provided by the Defense Department shows Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, speaking to Army Gen. Walter L. "Skip" Sharp, commander of U.S. Combined Forces Command and commander of U.S. Forces Korea, on board a helicopter to Camp Casey in South Korea to speak with U.S. and Korean troops, Tuesday July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Cherie Cullen)

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In a photo provided by the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, meets with Korean Minister of National Defense Kim Tae Young, right, in Seoul South Korea, Tuesday, July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Cherie Cullen)

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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)