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**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta pauses on May 10, 2012, during a briefing at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (third from right) and a Brazilian general pay their respects during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National Monument for the Casualties of World War II in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks past an honor guard upon his arrival at the military airport in Bogota, Colombia, on Monday, April 23, 2012, on the first stop on his weeklong tour of Latin America. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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"There is no change whatsoever in the timeline" for troops to leave Afghanistan, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) said Wednesday in Brussels, where he met with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press)

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Afghanistan's Minister of National Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak meets April 10, 2012, with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti (left) and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) shakes hands with his Afghan counterpart, Abdul Rahim Wardak, on Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Ismail, Pool)

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** FILE ** U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (left) meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Ismail, Pool)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta fields questions from reporters on a flight to Kyrgyzstan on Monday, March 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Scott Olson, Pool)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta prepares to depart from Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on Monday, March 12, 2012, on a trip to Central Asia. (AP Photo/Scott Olson, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington. (Associated Press)