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Secretary of Defense Nomination

Obama To Announce Defense Secretary Pick Friday

AP | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to announce his pick Friday to lead the Pentagon amid the threat from Islamic State militants in Syri...

The Disingenuous Dismissal of Chuck Hagel's Military Service

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Conservatives have consistently glorified military service, as they should. But now, as Obama nominates a man who has served honorably in combat in Vietnam, the "Hagel Haters," -- many "chicken hawks" themselves -- are disingenuously changing their tune.

Iran Says It's Hopeful On Hagel Nomination

AP | Posted 01.08.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Foreign Ministry says it is hopeful the appointment of former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon would i...

Reading Tea Leaves of Political Appointments Not Yet Made

Steve Clemons | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Many in the punditocracy and D.C.'s strategic class are hyperventilating about these candidates and what we think Obama will do and won't do with scant evidence or commentary from the president or his team.