Obama Picks Chuck Hagel for Pentagon: Report

Announcement expected tomorrow

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 6, 2013 8:05 AM CST

(Newser) – President Obama has settled on a nominee to succeed Leon Panetta at the Pentagon, and it is indeed Chuck Hagel, reports Mike Allen at Politico. “Chuck Hagel is a decorated war hero who would be the first enlisted soldier and Vietnam veteran to go on to serve as Secretary of Defense," says a Dem insider, who praises Hagel as representing "the proud tradition of a strong, bipartisan foreign policy." The White House knows the controversial Republican will ignite debate. An announcement is expected tomorrow. So much for the nation's first female Defense chief.

In this June 26, 2008 file photo, then Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., speaks on foreign policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
In this June 26, 2008 file photo, then Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., speaks on foreign policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)
This file photo from July 22, 2008 shows Sen. Barack Obama walking with Sen. Chuck Hagel as they tour the citadel in Amman, Jordan.
This file photo from July 22, 2008 shows Sen. Barack Obama walking with Sen. Chuck Hagel as they tour the citadel in Amman, Jordan.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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