Hagel to Be DefSec Nominee

Then-presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) speaks as then-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) listens during a news conference at the citadel July 22, 2008 in Amman, Jordan. (Salah Malkawi / Getty Images)

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: it’s Chuck Hagel. Obama is expected to name the former Republican senator as his nominee to succeed Leon Panetta at the Pentagon. The choice of Hagel, who split from his party to oppose the war in Iraq, is expected to spark a confirmation battle. If confirmed by the Senate, Hagel willl be the first enlisted soldier and Vietnam veteran to serve as secretary of defense.