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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta share a laugh during a question-and-answer session at the National Defense University in Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrive for an event at the National Defense University in Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Adm. Mike Mullen (right), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned against further spending cuts for the military beyond the $350 million to $400 million already agreed by Congress and President Obama this week. “I think anything beyond that would damage our national defense," Mr. Panetta said.

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta reaches for packets of mustard and relish as he takes a hot dog for lunch during his visit to Camp Victory in Baghdad on Monday, July 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta greets members of the helicopter medivac crew attached to the 115th Combat Support Hospital while making an unannounced visit to Camp Dwyer in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, July 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta conducts a press briefing aboard his military aircraft on Saturday, July 9, 2011, en route to Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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Associated Press CIA Director Leon E. Panetta is poised to move to the Pentagon following unanimous Senate approval Tuesday of his nomination to head the Defense Department. He begins his new job July 1.

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CIA Director Leon E. Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, June 9, 2011, before the Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on his nomination as secretary of defense. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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CIA Director Leon E. Panetta (right) leaves Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, after briefing members of Congress on the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, who is chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, heads to a closed briefing by CIA Director Leon E. Panetta at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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CIA Director Leon E. Panetta (right) leaves the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, after briefing members of Congress on the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Associated Press CIA Director Leon E. Panetta said that some of the intelligence that helped track down Osama bin Laden came from interrogation of detainees.

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Pending Senate confirmation, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta is expected to take the helm at the Pentagon by July. (AP Photo)

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Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon E. Panetta listens during a meeting between U.S. and Afghan delegations at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, May 11, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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CIA Director Leon E. Panetta said that despite glaring security blunders, no intelligence officials will be fired or disciplined for failing to prevent a 2009 suicide bombing in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA employees in one of the deadliest attacks in the agency's history. (Associated Press)

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Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon E. Panetta said regarding the lawsuit against the former agent who wrote a revealing book: "CIA officers are duty-bound to observe the terms of their secrecy agreement with the agency. This lawsuit clearly reinforces that message." (Associated Press)