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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta testifies June 13, 2012, on Capitol Hill before the Senate Defense subcommittee during a hearing on the the Defense Department's fiscal 2013 budget. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) walks with Gen. John Allen and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker (second from right) on the airport tarmac after his arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Mr. Panetta arrived to take stock of progress in the war and discuss plans for the troop drawdown. Gen. Allen heads the NATO coalition forces. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks on Indo-U.S. defense relations at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks at the opening of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' (IISS) 11th Asia Security Summit in Singapore on Saturday, June 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (right) talks with Chief Mate Fred Cullen as he takes a boat out to the USNS Richard E. Byrd in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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Midshipman Kevin Joseph Hillery, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a falling tree during his junior year, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (third from right) as he takes the stage to receive his diploma during graduation ceremonies for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks during the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (left) and Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (second from left) stand on the main stage at the beginning of graduation ceremonies for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Republicans and Democrats "have a responsibility to come together and find the money necessary to de-trigger sequester," Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said on ABC's "This Week." (Associated Press)

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