Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn (left) presents Gen. David Petraeus with an American flag at his retirement ceremony after 37 years in the Army, in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday. Petraeus will now lead the CIA. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Leading Two Wars, Petraeus Retires From Army

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Military Branches Try To Deflect Budget Cuts

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Warfare In Tripoli Poses New Challenges For NATO

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Pentagon Gears Up For Budget Cut War

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Adm. Eric Olson, former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee in 2009. Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Navy SEAL Team 6, A Huge Loss For A Small Unit

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Asked about the looming budget cuts at the Defense Department, Adm. Mike Mullen, outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Baghdad on Tuesday that everything was on the table. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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Pentagon Could See Deep Cuts In Debt Deal

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Libyan rebel fighters run for cover at the front line near the southwest desert town of Gualish on July 24, as Gadhafi forces started attacking them in an attempt to capture the city. Colin Summers/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Looks For Ways To Break Libya Stalemate

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Afghan National Army soldier Mohammed Shadwar gets a bird's-eye view from the rooftop of a mud-walled compound during a joint clearing operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan. As the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan changes, there's a question of whether U.S. policy will shift from one that supports building up Afghan national security forces to one focused on targeting insurgents. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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As Leadership Changes, So Could Afghanistan Strategy

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You Can't Keep Me

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta sits with Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, as they fly in a Black Hawk helicopter over Baghdad on Monday. Paul J. Richards/AP hide caption

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In Iraq, Panetta Has Tough Words On Troop Deadline

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Panetta Visits Troops in Afghanistan, Iraq

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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speaks to troops in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Jason Reed/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Gates To Depart Pentagon After Serving Bush, Obama

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River Levels Peak In N.D. Town

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