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For Obama and the Pentagon, an uneasy relationship

This Nov. 24, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama, left, looking to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, as he talks about his resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. The friction between the President and the Pentagon has been particularly pronounced during his six years in office, and seems to be affecting his ability to find a replacement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Previous Pentagon chiefs have criticized Obama's efforts to micromanage the Pentagon and centralize decision-making in the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama’s first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military’s special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official.

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