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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrive for a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday. Mr. Panetta ordered new reviews into mismanagement at the military's national mortuary in Delaware. (Associated Press)

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'YELLING AND SCREAMING': Leon E. Panetta told the House Armed Services Committee that deep budget cuts would be "truly devastating." (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks to U.S. military personnel at the Yongsan military base in Seoul on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Korea Pool)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks to American service members at Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Japan, west of Tokyo, on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro (left) shakes hands with his U.S. counterpart, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, during their meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday tells the House Armed Services Committee of budget-cut concerns. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, in testifying to a House defense panel Thursday, voice their concerns about mandatory military cuts that may result from deficit-reduction problems. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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From left, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta discuss defense after a meeting of NATO ministers in Brussels on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta places a memorial wreath at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Monday, during his first trip to Israel as defense secretary. (Associated Press)

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ALARMED: Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has warned repeatedly in recent weeks of a weakened, or "hollow," military as a result of mandatory budget cuts if a congressional supercommittee fails to agree on other deficit reductions by Nov. 23. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (left) looks on as Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, before the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen confer while briefing the news media Tuesday on the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Mr. Panetta said repealing the ban on openly gay military service was a "historic day." (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta participate in a commemorative ceremony on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the Pentagon in Washington on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Adm. Mike Mullen (left), Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stand during the playing of the national anthem at the Pentagon in Arlington on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during the commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon as Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (left) listens at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Adm. Mike Mullen (left), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta; and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stand during the national anthem at the 10th anniversary ceremony of the Sept. 11 attacks at the Pentagon outside Washington on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right), Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, participate in a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at the Pentagon to honor victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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With a model of New York in the foreground, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to reporters after touring the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta share a laugh during an event at the National Defense University in Washington on Tuesday. "There is a debate going on inside Pakistan about the best way to deal with what is an increasing internal threat," Mrs. Clinton said.

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