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Panetta: Cuts a step toward ‘hollow force’

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 1:55 a.m.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta steps off the E-4B aircraft after landing in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Panetta is in Brussels for a NATO defense ministers meeting. (AP Photo/Chip Somodevilla, Pool)

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in March 1 he likely will have to shorten the workweek for the “vast majority” of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers.

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