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Obama announces changes in Defense Department (13 images)

U.S. President Barack Obama's national security post choices bring military skill to the CIA and political know-how to the Defense Department, officials said. Former CIA Director Leon Panetta will succeed Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense.
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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates after Obama announced Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta (R) would take Gates' place in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2011. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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