FILE - In this June 26, 2013 file photo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens during a news conference at the Pentagon. Hagel is warning of severe and unacceptable effects on the U.S. military if

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FILE - In this June 26, 2013 file photo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens during a news conference at the Pentagon. Hagel is warning of severe and unacceptable effects on the U.S. military if Congress doesn’t act to end automatic spending cuts slated to slice $52 billion from the defense budget for 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) less 

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