Secretary of Defense

Hagel Has Enough Support For Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has lined up the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him next week to be the nation's next defense secretary, after a senior Republican lawmaker said he will back President Barack Obama's choice.
Hagel Has Enough Support For Defense SecretaryBarring any new, damaging information, Chuck Hagel has secured the necessary votes for the Senate to confirm him to be the nation's next defense secretary.
Filibuster or Not? GOP Slow-Walks Hagel NominationImmediately after blocking Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense, top Republicans took to the Senate floor Thursday to claim that, no, they were not filibustering.
Reid: 'In Less Than Two Hours Our Country Will Be Without A Secretary Of Defense'Struggling to break an impasse, Senate Democrats set a test vote Thursday on whether to advance Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary after Republicans blocked speedy confirmation of their former colleague and Vietnam combat veteran.
Collins Says She'll Oppose Hagel Confirmation A moderate Republican senator said Wednesday she'll oppose the confirmation of Chuck Hagel to become President Barack Obama's secretary of defense, while other GOP senators signaled they may delay a floor vote on the nomination unless the White House provides more information about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
White House: Hagel Will Win Senate ConfirmationThe White House on Friday dismissed criticism of Chuck Hagel's hesitant congressional testimony and insisted that it expects the Senate to confirm him as defense secretary.
Republicans Hammer Defense Nominee Hagel Republican senators hammered former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday on issues ranging from Israel and Iran to his support for a group that advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Schumer Announces He Will Back Hagel Despite Earlier MisgivingsSen. Chuck Schumer, an influential Democrat and member of the party's leadership, said Tuesday he would back President Barack Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon despite earlier misgivings about the Republican's stand on Israel, Iran and gay rights.
Iran Hopes Hagel Nomination Will Improve Relations Between US, TehranIran’s Foreign Ministry is backing President Barack Obama’s pick of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as secretary of defense.
Graham: Hagel Would Be 'Most Antagonistic' Defense Secretary Toward Israel In Nation's HistoryRepublican senators fear former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense would further deteriorate relations with Israel.
Obama Nominates John Brennan To Lead CIAPresident Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.
31 Suspended From Army Day Care Centers Due To Criminal ConvictionsAt least 31 people were suspended from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions including fourth-degree sexual assault and drug use, a defense official said Wednesday.