FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listens during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions in dollars of defense cuts on top of the $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listens during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions in dollars of defense cuts on top of the $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listens during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions in dollars of defense cuts on top of the $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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