Obama Nominates Hagel, Brennan

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07:  U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks during a news conference with chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan (L), and former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NB) in the East Room at the White House on January 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. Pending approval by the Senate, the nomination of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NB) as Secretary of Defense will replace Leon Panetta and chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan will be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency following the resignation of Army Gen. David Petraeus.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    Well, it’s official. After much speculation, President Obama announced his nomination of Chuck Hagel to serve as the next secretary of defense at a White House press conference Monday. Hagel, Obama noted, will be the first person of enlisted rank and the first Vietnam veteran to lead the Department of Defense, as well as the first secretary to be wounded in war. The president also announced John Brennan as his pick for director of the CIA, calling him “one of our nation’s most skilled and respected intelligence professionals.” On stage as well were outgoing Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, respectively, Leon Panetta and Mike Morell, who each said a few words following the president’s speech.

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