Fiscal crisis, budget battle mark Panetta’s tenure

Fiscal crisis, budget battle mark Panetta’s tenure

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks to the media during a news conference with the Secretary of State for Defense Philip Hammond, not pictured, at Lancaster House in London on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Britain's defense minister says it appears the hostage situation in Algeria has come to an end and resulted in further loss of life. Philip Hammond calls the loss of life appalling and unacceptable. He says "it is the terrorists that bear the sole responsibility for it." Hammond spoke at the start of a news conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Defense secretary's time in the Pentagon came at a critical moment — dominated by the fiscal crisis and a struggle to protect defense budget

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