Secretary of Defense

Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.


File photo of Chuck Hagel. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Hagel Has Enough Support For Defense Secretary

Barring 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.


U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (credit: Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

Filibuster or Not? GOP Slow-Walks Hagel Nomination

Immediately 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.


Railing against the Koch Brothers, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., declared his support for a constitutional amendment that would reverse a recent Supreme Court ruling and limit campaign contributions. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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.


File photo of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


File photo of Chuck Hagel. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

White House: Hagel Will Win Senate Confirmation

The 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.


File photo of Chuck Hagel. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


New York Sen. Charles Schumer attends a 
news conference where it was announced that free Wi-Fi will be provided to the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea on Jan. 8, 2013 in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Schumer Announces He Will Back Hagel Despite Earlier Misgivings

Sen. 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.


President Barack Obama nominates former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.,  to be Defense Secretary during an event in the East Room at the White House on Jan. 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Iran Hopes Hagel Nomination Will Improve Relations Between US, Tehran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry is backing President Barack Obama’s pick of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as secretary of defense.


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that President Obama’s Wednesday address needs to show that  his foreign policy is more than “not to be Bush,” reiterating that Obama needs to “instill fear and respect” with terrorist organizations.  (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Graham: Hagel Would Be ‘Most Antagonistic’ Defense Secretary Toward Israel In Nation’s History

Republican senators fear former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense would further deteriorate relations with Israel.