New defense chief sees tough choices on budget

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Posted: Jul 01, 2011 9:18 AM
New defense chief sees tough choices on budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leon Panetta, sworn in as defense secretary on Friday, said tough choices awaited him on cutting the defense budget but assured the U.S. military would remain strong.

"While tough budget choices will need to be made, I do not believe in the false choice between fiscal discipline and a strong national defense. We will all work together to achieve both," Panetta said in a message distributed by the Pentagon.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart)