10/24/2011 10:15 am ET Updated Dec 24, 2011

Leon Panetta Warns Against Budget Cuts, Faces Additional Cuts Amid Congressional Disagreement

Tan and ruddy-faced, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took his seat in a hearing room one morning this month ready for battle. The enemy, he warned lawmakers ominously, was "a blind, mindless" one that could "badly damage our capabilities" and "truly devastate our national defense."

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