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U.S. defense secretary, top military leader defend Pentagon's budget plan

Published 02/14/2012, Associated Press

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the nation's top military leader Tuesday defended the Pentagon's slimmed-down, $614 billion budget, telling lawmakers it's time to show Congress is serious about reducing the deficit. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Panetta warned lawmakers that budget cuts will hit all 50 states, but he says the reductions have been carefully planned and there is little room for changes.

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