FILE - This Nov. 2, 2009, file photo shows Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter standing in front of a MRAP all terrain vehicle (M-ATV) at the Pentagon in Washington. The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, Carter said Friday, Jan. 25, 2012. "There will be second-order effects on the war," Carter said in an interview in his office with a small group of reporters. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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FILE - This Nov. 2, 2009, file photo shows Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter standing in front of a MRAP all terrain vehicle (M-ATV) at the Pentagon in Washington. The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, Carter said Friday, Jan. 25, 2012. "There will be second-order effects on the war," Carter said in an interview in his office with a small group of reporters. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
FILE - This Nov. 2, 2009, file photo shows Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter standing in front of a MRAP all terrain vehicle (M-ATV) at the Pentagon in Washington. The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, Carter said Friday, Jan. 25, 2012. "There will be second-order effects on the war," Carter said in an interview in his office with a small group of reporters. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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