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Panetta’s Mission: Can He Cut the Pentagon?

Lawrence J. Korb and Laura Conley examine the challenges facing Leon Panetta in bringing budget sanity to the Pentagon.

On Thursday, President Obama is expected to name Leon Panetta to take the top post at the Pentagon in July.

Currently CIA director, Panetta has a long track record working on the federal budget in Congress and the White House. In an age of budget cuts, it is hard to think of a person who has brought a better background to the job of running the giant Defense Department.

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