NEW PENTAGON CHIEF

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STORY: NEW PENTAGON CHIEF DATELINE: JULY 2, 2011 LENGTH: 0:00:35 LOCATION: Washington VO Leon Panetta has been sworn in as the new U.S. defense secretary, making him President Barack Obama's second defense chief after Robert Gates. Taking the oath of office on Friday, the former CIA chief vowed to continue efforts "to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat al-Qaida." Panetta also pledged to keep the military strong while looking for ways to identify budget savings. The new Pentagon chief is facing tough spending cuts target of 400 billion U.S. dollars over 12 years as was proposed by the Obama administration. The 73-year-old Panetta will also oversee U.S. military drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq. Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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