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**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (right), accompanied by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 28, 2012, before the Senate Budget Committee on the Pentagon's fiscal 2013 budget. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left, with back to camera) greets Lt. Gen. Prince Feisal bin Hussein (center) and Lt. Gen. Mashal al-Zaben of Jordan on their arrival at the Pentagon on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outline the main areas of proposed defense spending cuts during a Jan. 26, 2012, news conference at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (left) speaks with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta briefs reporters Wednesday aboard a plane en route to a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels. He called 2013 a critical year for the decade-old U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, left, re-enlists 21 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, at sea. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class Scott Pittman)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (foreground) pilots the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise as Seaman Chris McCarter assists during Mr. Panetta's visit to the ship on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, off the southeastern coast of the United States. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

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President Obama, joined by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (third from left), Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (center) and various senior Defense Department and military officials, discusses the Defense Strategic Review and a military strategy that will include large defense cuts at the Pentagon on Thursday. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta stands by President Obama as he explains changes to military force and strategy that will result in the biggest defense cuts since the end of the Cold War. (Associated Press)

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President Obama (right) and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta share a laugh with the press corps after the president spoke on the Defense Strategic Review on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Pentagon in Arlington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta greets members of the Libyan delegation on the tarmac during his arrival in Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center right) walks across the apron with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (center left), commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, after arriving in Baghdad on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Mr. Panetta was participating in ceremonies marking the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta presents Purple Hearts to personnel of the 172nd Infantry Brigade Task Force Blackhawks at a forward operating base in Sharana, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to military personnel during his visit to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti on Tuesday. Mr. Panetta arrived in Afghanistan later in the day. He will also visit Iraq, Libya and Turkey. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks to his vehicle after being greeted by Ryan Crocker (right), U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, and Gen. John Allen (left) upon arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta works around the clock and does some of his best thinking outside Washington, a government official says. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has no plans to curtail his trips to Monterey, Calif. "That's where his family lives, after all," a senior aide said. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (left) and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (The Washington Times)