Hagel arrives in Afghanistan on first trip as defense secretary
March 8th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Hagel arrives in Afghanistan on first trip as defense secretary

(CNN) - The first Vietnam veteran to be U.S. defense secretary is spending his first overseas trip on the job thanking soldiers and Marines.

At about 11 a.m. ET Friday, Hagel touched down in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Chuck Hagel
Hagel starts first day at Pentagon
February 27th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
1 year ago

Hagel starts first day at Pentagon

(CNN) – New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed service members and civilian employees Wednesday, vowing to always be "honest" and "direct" with his staff–and asking the same in return.

"You are not joining my team. I am joining your team," he said. "And I want you to know how proud I am of the opportunity the president of the United States has given me and the Congress of the United States has given me."
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Pentagon
Hagel confirmed by Senate as defense secretary
February 26th, 2013
05:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Hagel confirmed by Senate as defense secretary

(CNN) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary after a bruising political fight. The former Nebraska senator, a Republican, will succeed Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.


Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Senate
February 26th, 2013
12:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Hagel confirmation battle: bruised but standing

Washington (CNN) – Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's rocky and inauspicious path to the Pentagon could haunt him if he doesn't watch his step.

"If people feel Hagel makes a mistake in the future, they will come after him even harder than if this ugly process of recent weeks hadn't happened," said Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a co-author of "Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy."

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
Breaking: Senate ends GOP filibuster of Hagel
February 26th, 2013
12:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Senate ends GOP filibuster of Hagel

(CNN) – The U.S. Senate, in a crucial test vote on Tuesday, chose to move the embattled nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary forward, clearing the way for final consideration and likely confirmation later in the day.


Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
February 24th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
1 year ago

McCain: Hagel will be confirmed this week

(CNN) - The Senate will move forward in confirming President Barack Obama's nominee to become defense secretary this week, a leading Republican who opposes Chuck Hagel's elevation to the role said Sunday.

"I don't believe Chuck Hagel, who is a friend of mine, is qualified to be secretary of defense. But I do believe that elections have consequences, unfortunately, and the president of the United States was re-elected," Sen. John McCain said on "State of the Union."
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain
Graham pushes for more info from Hagel
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
February 22nd, 2013
08:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Graham pushes for more info from Hagel

(CNN) – Days before the Senate votes on ending the filibuster against Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham sent a letter to the former senator, demanding access to Hagel's Senate archives and requesting answers to more questions about his record.

"Given the threats we face in the world and the public confidence level needed to be an effective Secretary of Defense, I believe the airing of your views and record is critical to the confirmation process," Graham stated in the letter.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Lindsey Graham • Senate
Lack of access to Hagel archives another flashpoint
February 21st, 2013
08:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Lack of access to Hagel archives another flashpoint

Washington (CNN) - Official documents, correspondence and other papers from the period of time Chuck Hagel held his U.S. Senate seat are closed to public viewing by the archives entrusted to hold them.

The lack of access has created yet another controversy around the embattled nominee to become the next defense secretary, raising questions among some about whether he might be hiding something in those files.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
February 21st, 2013
01:22 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP critics of Hagel call on Obama to withdraw nomination

(CNN) - Fifteen of Chuck Hagel’s harshest Republican critics in the Senate are calling on President Obama to withdraw his nomination, arguing “it would be unprecedented for a Secretary of Defense to take office without the broad base of bipartisan support and confidence needed to serve effectively in this critical position.”

In a letter Thursday to the president, the senators didn’t raise any new substantive concerns about Hagel but reiterated long-held complaints about his stances on key issues. In particular, they said his “ambivalence about whether containment or prevention is the best approach” to dealing with a possibly nuclear-armed Iran means “the military option will have near zero credibility” if he were in charge of the Pentagon.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Republicans • Senate
Hagel letter disavows alleged old comments on Israel
February 18th, 2013
05:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Hagel letter disavows alleged old comments on Israel

(CNN) - In a letter sent to one of his sharpest critics Saturday, Chuck Hagel stated he could not remember and disavowed a report from 2007 where the Defense Department nominee was characterized as describing the State Department as an "adjunct" to the Israeli government.

That was how a blog post written in 2007 wrote about Hagel's speech on U.S. policy towards Iran. Hagel wrote to his critic Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying "I do not recall making any such statement, or ever making any similar statement. I completely disavow the content of the alleged statement attributed to me." Read that letter provided to CNN by a source here.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Lindsey Graham
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