US Defence Secretary

Hagel draws fire as Obama’s Pentagon pick

US President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defence, former Senator Chuck Hagel. Photo: Xinhua

US President Barack Obama named Chuck Hagel on Monday to lead the Pentagon, setting up an ugly confirmation battle as Republican opponents said he was too hard on Israel and too soft on Iran.

Tuesday, 8 January, 2013, 8:58pm

Obama set to nominate Hagel as defence secretary, Brennan as CIA chief

If nominated, former senator Chuck Hagel would face heavy opposition from fellow Republicans. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama was set to nominate Republican Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan as the new CIA director on Monday, a senior administration official said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Obama likely to tap ex-Republican senator Chuck Hagel as defence secretary

Chuck Hagel

US President Barack Obama was expected to nominate Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam veteran, to be defence secretary, officials said, setting up a confirmation battle with lawmakers and interest groups critical of his views on Israel and Iran.

6 Jan 2013 - 3:40am